'I certainly regretted that': Tipperary manager Michael Ryan ends his media blackout

By Stephen Barry

Tipperary manager Michael Ryan has ended his media blackout.

Two days after he declined to speak to the press following a six-point loss to Limerick, Ryan went on Tipp FM to explain his decision.

It had been intended that Ryan wouldn't speak to the media until after their Munster round-robin campaign ended on June 10. However, he acknowledged that this should've been reviewed after their opening-round loss.

"The reason why I didn't speak to the media on Sunday immediately after the match was a decision we had taken prior to the campaign," said Ryan.

"We took that decision in the light of facing four Sundays in a row.

"What we don't do is factor in that we're going to lose a match. We're always very positive about our upcoming games but in the aftermath of the match, and after a loss, we should have reviewed that."

He said that the loss at the Gaelic Grounds coupled with his silence created a void, while he also felt the need to praise Limerick's display.

"We make a lot of decisions and we communicate what we think we should and need to communicate, but that was one of our internal decisions.

"We're playing week after week after week and our focus is on our team and ourselves.

"However, I do acknowledge that when you lose there is a void created, a much greater void than when you win, and hence I'm on this morning to talk about it.

"One of the reasons to come out is to acknowledge our opponents Limerick.

"It's effectively the purpose of my call this morning. Number one, our decision should have been reviewed and, number two, of course we needed to acknowledge Limerick.

"In the immediate aftermath of a match, you get a very quick exchange with the opposition manager but really and truly it's not sufficient. I certainly regretted that.

"Limerick were excellent and we turn our attentions immediately to our next challenge against Cork in five days."

Ryan added that he will engage with the media after future matches.

"I'm certainly not going to do this to myself again," laughed Ryan.

"I will be speaking to the media if they want to speak to me after the game, no problem.

"We just want to concentrate on our hurling. Anything that is a distraction to our hurling is not welcome."

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