Friday 6 December 2019

Ryan to stay at Limerick helm despite O'Grady exit

Limerick joint managers TJ Ryan, left, and Donal O'Grady
Limerick joint managers TJ Ryan, left, and Donal O'Grady

Cliona Foley

TJ RYAN will remain at the helm of Limerick hurling with current selectors Martin Lyons and Paul Beary and will be given the option of bringing in a coach if he wants.

Ryan's co-manager Donal O'Grady has stepped down because the county board did not retract or clarify statements they had made alleging that the team management had apologised for their National League performances.

It is understood that Ryan was equally upset by the comments and also met with officials to seek a retraction which never ensued, but he has indicated that he will stay on for the sake of the team.

The executive of the Limerick County Board had an emergency meeting last night and while they have not yet issued a statement it is believed they have given Ryan the option of bringing in a new coach, a role that O'Grady also fulfilled.

It is believed that there is no strong appetite from the players to make a statement or withdraw their services. They only heard of O'Grady's decision, by email, after 10.30 on Sunday night.

As reigning Munster champions, Limerick are set to open their title defence, against Tipperary, on June 1, which is less than six weeks away.

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