Press Release 11th January 2013
Limerick FC appoint Stuart Taylor as New Manager
Chairman also confirms appointment of New CEO
Limerick FC are delighted to announce the appointment of Stuart Taylor as Club Manager on a three year contract in advance of the club’s return to the Airtricity Premier Division after a 19 year absence. Stuart is a native of Glasgow, Scotland and joins from Qatari club Al Khor Sports Club having previously worked as first team coach with Hamilton Academicals. The club also wishes to confirm the appointment of John O’Sullivan as Chief Executive Officer. John is a former CEO of Athlone Town FC and Chairman of Cork City.
Stuart Taylor is 38 years old and holds a UEFA Pro Licence. Stuart played with Drogheda Utd in the 2002/3 season and also played with St Mirren, Airdrie, Falkirk, St Johnstone, Ross County and Hamilton Academical before starting his coaching career. He will finalise his backroom staff in the coming days and will take his first training session this Saturday with the current squad members.
Looking forward to his new role with Limerick FC, Stuart Taylor, explained, “I am delighted to be joining, in Limerick FC, a club with a great history but more importantly a clear long term plan for the future. The transformation in Limerick FC since my days in the league with Drogheda is there for everyone to see. The chairman exudes positivity and has impressed on me the importance of the club to the region and the potential role it can play in improving opportunities for young people in the region. It is our aim to assemble a team that will not only play attractive, winning football but create a bond with the fans on and off the field. The club has extremely passionate supporters and I look forward to their support throughout the season and I hope they will be proud of the performances the team put out on the park. We have a good youth structure in place, a strong returning panel from last season and we hope to make some further additions before the season kicks off ago any Cork City.”
Announcing the appointments, Pat O’Sullivan, Chairman, Limerick FC said, “We are delighted to have today confirmed both Stuart Taylor as our new Manager and John O’Sullivan as our new Chief Executive Officer. As we look forward to our first season back in the Premier Division it is important to have a team in place that is fully invested in the vision we have for the club. Stuart is not only highly qualified and comes highly recommended but he really impressed us with his vision for developing the club on and off the field. We look forward to a long and successful partnership and have already begun to identify potential additions to the panel alongside securing the contract signings of the majority of last year’s squad.
Regarding the appointment of the new Chief Executive, Pat O’Sullivan continued, “The appointment of a full time CEO is an important milestone for the club and in John O’Sullivan we have someone who is vastly experienced in the daily running of Airtricity League clubs given his time at Athlone Town and Cork City. John will be focused on developing the club’s long term commercial and community endeavours. As a community focused club, the role the club plays in the community is of paramount importance. We want to assist the development of young children through the region and aspire that every young kid playing soccer throughout the region will hope to one day play for Limerick FC. .”
New Chief Executive, John O’Sullivan is originally from Kerry and is married with three children. John was a founder member and chairman of the FORAS supporters’ trust in 2008, a group established to protect the interests of Cork City FC. FORAS took over the club in 2010, rescuing the club from liquidation. John served as Chairman of Cork City FC over the 2010 and 2011 seasons, overseeing Cork City’s promotion back to the Premier Division in 2011. In early 2012, took the role of CEO of Athlone Town FC, where achievements included a strong formal football development partnership with Athlone Institute of Technology, bringing Roddy Collins to the club and recently announcing a multiyear kit deal with Spanish firm Joma. John holds MSc from UCC in Chemistry and has 13 years business experience working in the Healthcare and Medical device industries in a number of Blue Chip companies including Novartis, Pfizer, Abbott, Johnson & Johnson.
Limerick FC will play their 2013 home games in Thomond Park. Season Tickets are available from the Limerick FC Shop, Arthurs Quay Shopping Centre or from www.limerickfc.ie
Kieran O’Brien, O’Brien Communications 086 6019214
Joe Sweeney, Limerick FC, 085 7694324