Wednesday 13 December 2017

English set for Tipp

Former boss poised to take over reins from Sheedy

The Tipperary hurling manager position has been offered to English. Photo: Douglas O'Connor
The Tipperary hurling manager position has been offered to English. Photo: Douglas O'Connor

Jackie Cahill

NICKY English will inform Tipperary County Board officials this week whether or not he wants to return as the county's senior hurling team manager.

Sources have indicated English is set to fill the void created by Liam Sheedy's shock departure but officials have insisted they have yet to receive a definitive answer from the former playing great.

What is certain is that the job has been offered to English, who managed Tipperary to All-Ireland SHC glory in 2001. Work and family commitments scuppered a previous return to the hot seat but it is understood conditions could now be right for a comeback.

English taking the job would go a long way towards soothing the blow of losing Sheedy following their All-Ireland final victory against Kilkenny. A county board meeting is scheduled for this evening but county board chairman Barry O'Brien has previously stated a new manager will not be ratified until the November meeting.

English is due back from holidays tomorrow and could meet with O'Brien and his fellow officers before the weekend. Top brass are anxious to find Sheedy's successor as soon as possible as the players are due to undergo a fitness test at UL next month, which could be overseen by Cian O'Neill.

Fitness trainer O'Neill had indicated that he would love to be involved again despite the fact that Sheedy stepped down along with previous coach Eamon O'Shea and Michael Ryan.

Tommy Dunne, who captained Tipperary in 2001, is hotly tipped to succeed O'Shea as senior coach and has stepped down as manager of his club side Toomevara. Dunne has been consistently linked with a role in the next Tipperary senior management set-up following his coaching success at minor and U-21 levels in recent seasons. English would want to assemble his own back-room team and has pinpointed Dunne for the pivotal role as coach.

Irish Independent

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