LIAM Sheedy's reappointment as Tipperary senior hurling manager is a formality, according to county board chairman John Costigan.
In his first season in charge, Sheedy guided Tipp to Waterford Crystal, National League and Munster titles before they exited the All-Ireland championship at the semi-final stage against Waterford.
Costigan and his fellow officers have been hugely impressed by the progress made this year and have confirmed that Sheedy, coach Eamon O'Shea and selector Michael Ryan will all return in 2009.
Costigan said: "There is a general air of satisfaction with the senior hurling selectors, who were initially appointed for a two-year term."
However, it is not clear if Tipperary minor manager Declan Ryan will return.
Chasing a third successive All-Ireland this year, Tipp suffered a heavy semi-final defeat against Kilkenny.
Declan Carr is preparing the U-21s for the September 14 All-Ireland final against Kilkenny, while intermediate manager Connie Maher has not yet declared his intentions for next year.
Meanwhile, Tipperary senior football manager John Evans is expected to announce in the coming days that he is returning for a second season.