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O'Sullivan departs Limerick

Mickey Ned O'Sullivan has stepped down after five years as Limerick football manager.

"It was a joint decision made by me and the rest of the management team. It was with great reluctance that we made the decision, as there was massive pressure from the board and players wanting us to stay on. But you can overstay your welcome and we felt we had reached the natural end. We've done everything we could to help Limerick football and we feel there's a new voice needed now," said O'Sullivan.

"We have been considering this for the past few weeks. I was on a holiday and we met after I came back, before informing the county board. I then spoke to the players individually on the phone. They were disappointed to hear that we were moving on, as were the board officials,"

He added: "The players were like family really and I will miss greatly working with them. They were the finest characters I have come across and working with them is the most positive experience I have had in Gaelic football."

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