Tipp All-Ireland winning captain Dunne to take reins for U-17s
Tipperary's 2001 All-Ireland winning captain Tommy Dunne will manage the Premier County's U-17 team next year.
In what is a high-profile coup for county board officials, Toomevara clubman Dunne has agreed to guide the fortunes of up and coming players in what was formerly the minor grade.
Dunne was in charge of his home club's senior outfit this year and he will bring impressive credentials to his new role.
A graduate from Setanta's strength and conditioning programme, Dunne is a former county senior hurling team coach and he also worked alongside Anthony Daly for a spell during the Clare man's time in charge of Dublin.
Dunne was also coach to the Tipperary U-21s who stormed to All-Ireland glory in 2010, and he fulfilled a similar brief in 2007 when minor success was achieved.
Liam Cahill managed Tipperary's minors in 2017 - and the former All-Star is now stepping up to the U-20 ranks.
Cahill's appointment is a natural progression for the Ballingarry native, who's been touted as a potential senior manager in future years.
He takes over the U-20 reins from William Maher, who stepped down following Tipp's exit to eventual provincial and All-Ireland champions Limerick in Munster.
Dunne and Cahill's names will be put forward for ratification at a planned county board meeting next week.
Tipperary top brass will also rubber-stamp the appointment of Michael Ryan as senior manager for a third successive year.
Ryan took some time to consider his future following August's All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Galway but following some intense negotiations, the Upperchurch-Drombane man has agreed to see out the remaining year of his current arrangement.
Liam Kearns will be also be returned for a third season as senior football team manager.
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