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Sheedy in sensational Tipp return


RATIFIED: Liam Sheedy.  Photo: Sportsfile

RATIFIED: Liam Sheedy. Photo: Sportsfile

RATIFIED: Liam Sheedy. Photo: Sportsfile

Liam Sheedy has been ratified as the new Tipperary manager on a three-year term, returning to the role he vacated after winning the All-Ireland in 2010.

Sheedy - who masterminded Tipperary’s halt of Kilkenny’s five in-a-row bid - emerged as a late candidate for the post last week when it looked to be a shootout between William Maher and All-Ireland U21-winning manager Liam Cahill.

Once it became clear that Sheedy was interested, momemtum gathered behind a sensational return.

Sheedy managed the Premier County for three seasons between 2008 and 2010, winning a National League title, two Munster championship crowns as well as the All-Ireland title.

However, just when it looked like Tipperary could be poised to dominate for the following decade, Sheedy stepped down.

Tipp have added just one All-Ireland title since Sheedy left, in 2016 under Michael Ryan.

Sheedy is close to finalising his backroom team, with the identity of his coaches and selectors to be confirmed at a county board meeting next month.

Tipperary are currently joint-third favourites to win back the Liam McCarthy Cup in 2019, and are priced at 5/1.

Meanwhile, James Horan has made his biggest play yet to become Mayo boss for a second time.

Horan previously led his county to All-Ireland finals in 2012 and 2013 during a four-year reign that also delivered four Connacht titles.

He is one of two nominees to succeed Stephen Rochford, the other being Mike Solan, who managed Mayo to an All-Ireland U21 title in 2016 and to this year’s U20 final.

In a noticeably candid declaration of interest, Horan told local media: “I’m a Mayo man, I love coaching, I’m involved in coaching for a number of years now.

“There’s a very good team there and I just think it’s a very good time in Mayo football. 

“We have a Centre of Excellence being developed, some very good underage players coming through.”