O'Shea warns Tipp stars to toe line or face consequences
Published 18/01/2013 | 05:00
TIPPERARY hurling manager Eamon O'Shea has warned that any player who steps out of line while he's in charge will suffer the consequences.
O'Shea is eager to stamp his mark on the Premier County from the outset and he told an audience at Wednesday evening's Tipperary supporters club 2013 membership launch that indiscipline will not be tolerated.
"We believe that you can't be disciplined on the field if you're not disciplined off the field," O'Shea said.
"There has to be consequences when you're indisciplined – and there will be. But I have to say that every player we have on that panel has given nothing but 100pc over the last three months."
O'Shea has already restored the feel-good factor to Tipp hurling. His first two games in charge, both challenge outings, have resulted in victories against UCC and Offaly, and drawn big crowds.
Another healthy attendance is anticipated on Sunday when Dublin visit MacDonagh Park in Nenagh, with all proceeds going to the development of hurling at Nenagh CBS.
O'Shea is already looking further down the line and a potential All-Ireland final on September 9.
But O'Shea is aware of the challenges that lie ahead and admits that the road back to the top will not be easy.
"I'm coming back after two years out and you have to realise quickly that things don't stay the same. My plan ends on September 9 so you can see where my expectations are. But we have to get back to that high work rate and high sense of support for each other."
O'Shea also promised a strong assault on the NHL – a competition that Tipp have not won since O'Shea was coach in 2008.
"Our aim is to win the league. Some days things go against you, but what I can predict is that when we play, there will be a certain something about us. If there isn't, I haven't done my job properly."