Limerick confirm they will be looking for a new hurling manager for 2017
Limerick hurling manager TJ Ryan has left his post after three seasons in charge, the county board confirmed this evening.
Ryan's departure comes just two days after Limerick's championship campaign was ended following a defeat to Clare in Round 2 of the qualifiers.
It is the second straight year that the Treaty County's season has ended at that stage, following a defeat to Dublin in 2015.
Ryan's first year in charge proved more successful, with Limerick reaching the All-Ireland semi-final where they lost to Kilkenny by two points in a monsoon at Croke Park.
"CLG Coiste Contae Luimni would to like to confirm that TJ Ryan today Monday July 11th 2016 has informed the Officers of CLG Coiste Contae Luimni that he will not be going forward as Limerick Senior Hurling Manager for the 2017 Season," Limerick said in a statement.
"CLG Coiste Contae Luimni would like to thank TJ for his commitment and time given over his three year term as Limerick Senior Hurling Manager. We would also like to wish TJ and his family the very best into the future."
Speculation will immediately turn to who should succeed Ryan and develop a strong group of young players, some of whom won the All-Ireland U21 title in 2015.
U21 manager John Kiely and Limerick minor boss Anthony Daly have been two names suggested.