John Allen has stepped down from his role as Limerick senior hurling manager, it was confirmed this evening.
Limerick G.A.A. will immediately begin the process of identifying a new Limerick Senior Hurling Manager that can help build on the undoubted progress made under John Allen tenure as manager.
Having guided Limerick to a first Munster title in 17 years this summer, the Cork native was expected to remain in charge for a third year.
However, Allen is reported to have informed the players of his decision tonight, while a statement confirming his departure was read out at a county board meeting.
A Limerick County Board statement read: "Limerick GAA wishes to confirm that John Allen has informed the association that he will not be seeking an extension to his term as Limerick Senior Hurling Manager. John Allen was appointed on a two year term in 2011 and under his management Limerick were crowned Munster Senior Hurling Champions earlier this year for the first time since 1996.
"While obviously disappointed that John has decided not to seek the extension to his term, all those involved in Limerick G.A.A. respect his decision, thank him unequivocally for his time as Limerick manager and wish him every success in the future. Limerick G.A.A. would also like to take this opportunity compliment John and his entire backroom team for their commitment and professionalism to Limerick G.A.A. since their appointments.
"The entire Limerick Senior Hurling panel, the players, management and backroom staff have thanks of Limerick GAA for their outstanding contribution to a wonderful summer for Limerick hurling. The relationship between management, players and county board was exemplary with everyone working side by side for the betterment of Limerick hurling.
"Limerick G.A.A. will immediately begin the process of identifying a new Limerick Senior Hurling Manager that can help build on the undoubted progress made under John Allen tenure as manager.
"Limerick G.A.A. would finally like to take this opportunity to once again thank all the Limerick fans for the colour, passon and commitment thay showed throughout the season and look forward to their continued support in 2014."
The search for a new manager begins now. Limerick have appointed a five-man committee to oversee the appointment of Allen's successor. Limerick secretary Mike O'Riordan, treasurer Donal Morrissey, Damien Quigley, Jim Woulfe and Paudie Fitzmaurice have overseen the appointment of the last two Limerick managers, and will begin their work in identifying Allen's successor immediately.
Elsewhere, Wexford manager Liam Dunne has been re-appointed for another two-year term.