Tuesday 16 October 2018

Sheedy gets three years to turn Tipperary around

 

'His appointment will be very well received in Tipperary given how he transformed the culture in the county between 2008 and 2010.' Picture credit: David Maher / Sportsfile
'His appointment will be very well received in Tipperary given how he transformed the culture in the county between 2008 and 2010.' Picture credit: David Maher / Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Liam Sheedy's return as Tipperary hurling manager was confirmed last night when he was ratified for a three-year term at a county board meeting in Thurles.

The Portroe man returns to the role he vacated in shock circumstances in 2010, just weeks after leading the county to an All-Ireland title that ended Kilkenny's five-in-a-row bid.

At the time Sheedy and his selectors cited the 16-hour days between professional and sporting interests that contributed to the decision, one which took their players by surprise.

Since then both Eamon O'Shea and Michael Ryan have gone on to manage Tipperary - Ryan to an All-Ireland title in 2016. Sheedy maintained his distance despite pressure at various stages to return.

Instead, he took on a series of advisory and administrative roles, serving on the board of the Irish Sports Council and as a member of the GAA's management committee, as well as helping the Antrim hurlers under Terence 'Sambo' McNaughton this year.

But after initially ruling himself out of the running for the position some weeks ago, when Ryan stepped down after three years, leaving the door open for William Maher or Liam Cahill it seemed, Sheedy had a change of heart and provides the experience and strength of character to help Tipperary recover from a disappointing season.

Sheedy's backroom team will be confirmed at a October county board meeting with Tipp chairman John Devane stating that it was almost complete. His appointment will be very well received in Tipperary given how he transformed the culture in the county between 2008 and 2010.

Sheedy told RTE last night that he came to the table "late" but was delighted that he did come.

He admitted he was "as buzzed up as I have been in a long time" and said he didn't anticipate having to deal with any disciplinary issues in the squad.

"I never experienced that with any Tipperary I have been involved with," he said. "I probably would have heard a similar story in 2007.

"There was talk of similar unrest and what I came across was a wonderfully committed group who really trained exceptionally well for me. I'm looking forward to creating a similar set-up again," he said.

Irish Independent

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