Thursday 15 November 2018

'It's unprecedented' - Tipperary legend Eoin Kelly says Michael Ryan will regret media ban

8 April 2018; Tipperary manager Michael Ryan arrives prior to the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
8 April 2018; Tipperary manager Michael Ryan arrives prior to the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
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Former Tipperary star Eoin Kelly thinks manager Michael Ryan will regret enacting a media ban after the Premier county's defeat in their Munster championship opener against Limerick on Sunday.

Journalists and broadcasters were told after Tipp's 1-23 to 2-14 loss at the Gaelic Grounds that Ryan wouldn't be speaking to them until after the final round robin group game on June 10.

The decision puts further scrutiny on a Tipperary team that is under huge pressure to resurrect their championship against Cork in Thurles next weekend, where a defeat to the Rebels would leave the 2016 All-Ireland champions on the brink of provincial elimination.

Speaking to Paddy Power, Kelly said that the Tipperary manager's stance could actually heap more pressure on his side, rather than relieve it.

"Michael Ryan should have spoken to the media after yesterday’s game and not doing so added fuel to the fire of the defeat," Kelly said.

"Even if he sent out a selector it would have been something, I’ve often seen Brian Cody do that with Derek Lyng. I’d love to know when he made the decision not to talk to the media until after the first four rounds of Championship finishes. I’d say he was probably fuming after yesterday’s game.

"It’s very easy to talk to the media when you’ve won, but he might change his mind with interviews. I’d be hoping that he will say something next weekend, win, lose or draw.  Speaking to the media is one of your duties as a manager. I think he’ll regret not talking to them. It’s unprecedented. This Championship though is different for everyone now though, so we are seeing different reactions to stuff from all angles.

"He should have given a comment and then shut up shop for the week for the Cork game if he is trying to build a siege mentality."

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