Ryan gets Tipp green light for three more years
Tipperary GAA chiefs have handed senior hurling team manager Michael Ryan a fresh three-year term - which will take him up until the conclusion of the 2020 championship.
The news was confirmed at a county board meeting last night and will see Ryan serve five seasons at the helm if he sees out the full agreement.
Ryan, who guided Tipp to All-Ireland glory in 2016, will be assisted once again by coach Declan Fanning and selectors John Madden and Conor Stakelum.
The Premier County's senior football team boss Liam Kearns was ratified for two more years, meanwhile, having overseen huge progress in his first two seasons at the helm.
Tipp reached the All-Ireland semi-finals last year and gained promotion from Division 3 of the Allianz League in 2017. Shane Stapleton, Paul Fitzgerald and Brian Lacey will work as selectors.
As expected, Liam Cahill has been confirmed as Tipp's U-21 hurling team manager, and the man touted as a future senior boss has been handed three years to make his mark. Cahill guided the minors to All-Ireland success last year. His trusted sidekick, coach Michael Bevans, is also making the step up, along with John Sheedy, Sean Corbett and TJ Ryan.
Tommy Dunne, Tipp's 2001 All-Ireland -winning captain, will guide the fortunes of the U-17s for three years, with Ger Ryan, Tony Shelly and Paul Collins on board as selectors. David Power, Tipp's 2011 All-Ireland minor football-winning boss, will take charge of the U-20 football side for two years, alongside coach Mick O'Sullivan, assistant coach Kieran Maguire, and mentors Tommy Toomey and Damian Lawlor, the GAA journalist.
And Matt O'Doherty, last season's minor manager, will guide the U-17 footballers. Ex-Tipp player Benny Hickey will be the coach, with Viv Downey, James Boland and Johnny Nevin as selectors, and Jason Coffey as S&C coach.