The Tipp senior hurling management team pictured from left: Declan Fanning, Conor Stakelum, Michael Ryan & John Madden. Photo: Eamonn McGee
The County Board executive plan to stand by Tipperary senior hurling manager Michael Ryan and his management team. On Sunday last the Premier County lost out narrowly to Clare in a thriller at Semple Stadium, Thurles. And, in the wake of Tipperary's exit from the 2018 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship the County Board, led by chairman John Devane (Boherlahan-Dualla) and secretary Tim Floyd (Newport), have revealed that the executive will back the Upperchurch man who was appointed to a three-year term in September 2017.
Previously Michael Ryan served as a Tipperary selector under managers Liam Sheedy (2008-10) and Eamonn O'Shea (2013-15) before graduating to the manager's role in 2016.
Under Michael Ryan the Premier County won both the Munster Senior Hurling Championship and the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship in his first year at the helm.
Michael Ryan's initial two-year term (2016-17) was subsequently extended by three years in September 2017.
Speaking to the media following last Sunday's defeat to Clare the Tipperary senior hurling manager explained that he would, sensibly, take some time to consider his options; that the immediate aftermath of such a dramatic contest was not the time to make a considered decision and that he would base his decision on what he felt was best for Tipperary hurling.
“It’s premature, to be honest,” Michael Ryan explained when asked whether he intended to stay on as Tipperary senior hurling manager.
“Any decision that we make on that we will make in the cold light of day. There’s never any good decisions made immediately after a match - be it a win or a loss. The only thing we care about is a very fine bunch of players inside there in that dressing room and the biggest thing, the overall thing, is the health of Tipperary hurling and that’s the only thing that this whole programme is about.
“We have been hit by a train. This was not in the plan and the test of us now is how we regroup and come back into what is now a very different hurling landscape and a landscape where all the teams are very competitive,” the Upperchurch-Drombane man said.
Michael Ryan is joined on the Tipperary senior hurling management team by coach Declan Fanning (Killenaule) and selectors John Madden (Lorrha-Dorrha) and Conor Stakelum (Borris-Ileigh).
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