Limerick FC have announced that they have parted company with manager Pat Scully.

The club made the somewhat surprising decision following a board meeting on Thursday morning.

Last month, Scully, who previously managed Shamrock Rovers, guided Limerick to the Airtricity Premier Division after they were crowned First Division champions.

Scully was appointed Limerick manager in March 2009 and in September 2011 his contract was extended by two years.

The departure of Scully comes as speculation mounts that the club may be playing their home games at Thomond Park next season.

Much investment is required at Jackman Park in order for that ground to meet the licensing requirements for the Premier Division.

It also appears unlikely that the Markets Field will be considered for the start of the campaign, leaving the home of Munster rugby as a possibilty to host Airtricity League football in 2013.  

In other domestic soccer news, Declan Devine manager of the FAI Cup Winners Derry City, has signed a two year contract until 2014.