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Ex-Newcastle defender and former Blackpool boss in the running for Limerick job

Steve Watson, Neil McDonald and Kevin Nugent are all hoping to be named as Martin Russell’s successor.

Ex-Magpies defender Watson.
Ex-Magpies defender Watson.
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THE SEARCH FOR a new Limerick FC manager continued today with ex-Blackpool boss Neil McDonald interviewed by the club.

Having parted company with Martin Russell back in April, the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division outfit announced Willie Boland on an interim basis as they looked for a permanent replacement.

Former Newcastle United defender Steve Watson, who enjoyed a Premier League career with the Magpies, Aston Villa and Everton, is currently one of the front-runners along with Kevin Nugent.

48-year-old Nugent most recently managed Barnet in League Two but was sacked after just two months.

However, Limerick wished to interview some more candidates today before making a final decision.

McDonald is known for his close association with former Limerick and England boss Sam Allardyce.

Having worked with Big Sam at Bolton, McDonald linked up with him at Blackburn Rovers, where he oversaw four games in charge as caretaker — including a League Cup quarter-final win over Chelsea.

As well as working alongside Allardyce once more at West Ham, he has teamed up with Iain Dowie at Crystal Palace, Gary McAllister at Leeds and, most recently, Mike Phelan at Hull City in 2016.

As a manager, he guided Carlisle to their then highest football league finish in two decades back in 2007, before a short stint in Sweden with Ostersunds — saving them from relegation.

He wasn’t so lucky with Blackpool, however, as the Tangerines were relegated to League Two under his guidance last year.

An appointment could be made as early as tomorrow evening.

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