Liam Sheedy (right) and Michael Ryan, the man he replaces as Tipperary senior hurling manager
He caused a shock when he resigned eight years ago and he has raised eyebrows once again with his decision to return.
Liam Sheedy's reappointment as manager of the Tipperary senior hurling team was ratified at a meeting of the County GAA Board in Thurles tonight, Monday.
In a statement released after the meeting, Sheedy said “I am taking up the role with a huge sense of excitement and enthusiasm, mostly at the thought of getting back into the dressing-room and out on the field with Tipperary’s best."
“I come on board again just two years after Michael Ryan led Tipperary to a superb All-Ireland title. He has handed over an incredibly talented squad that I look forward to finalising over the coming weeks and months and getting Tipperary ready for 2019.”
Commencing a new three-year term, Liam Sheedy will announce his backroom team over the coming weeks.
County Board Chairman John Devane said “We are delighted to announce Liam Sheedy will be taking over as manager of our senior hurling team. Liam brings an unrivalled mix of track-record, passion and conviction to the table. We thank him for his commitment and we look forward to providing him with the full support of the county board as we move into the 2019 season.
“I would also like to state, on behalf of the County Board and all who support Tipperary hurling, our thanks to others who put their names forward for this post over recent weeks. We have been hugely impressed by the quality of candidate and also by their passion for Tipperary hurling. We look forward to working with them in the future.”
The former manager's name was mentioned in dispatches as a possible contender shortly after Michael Ryan announced his resignation as manager at the beginning of August.
However his name faded from the public discourse in the following weeks, when it seemed that it had come down to a choice between two Ballingarry men, Liam Cahill and William Maher.
It came as something of a surprise, then, when reports emerged last Friday that the Portroe man was poised to return as manager.
Liam Sheedy, who turns 49 at the end of next month, previously served as manager from 2008-2010. The county's fortunes were at a low ebb when he replaced Michael 'Babs' Keating but Sheedy made an immediate impact, guiding the county to Munster titles in 2008 and '09, as well as the National League in 2008.
His greatest triumph, however, was that stunning victory in the 2010 All-Ireland Final, when Tipp stopped Kilkenny's bid for a fifth All-Ireland title in-a-row.
His departure shortly afterwards came as a shock and some players, including Lar Corbett and Brendan Cummins, subsequently admitted that they were devastated by the departures of Sheedy, his assistant manager Michael Ryan and coach Eamon O'Shea.
Ryan and O'Shea subsequently went on to manage the senior team.
Now, Tipperary are hoping that Sheedy, a provincial director with Bank of Ireland, will be responsible for overseeing a return to the glory days, after a couple of disappointing seasons since Tipp's last All-Ireland success in 2016.
Elsewhere, Liam Kearns will continue the second year of his two-year term as Tipperary senior football manager, while all other remaining management positions will be ratified at the October county committee meeting.