Bonnar: English and Sheedy obvious targets

Former Wexford hurling boss Colm Bonnar says it would be pointless for anybody to give consideration to the Tipperary hurling manager’s job until Nicky English and Liam Sheedy are sounded out first.

In addition to former Tipp managers English, Sheedy and Ken Hogan, the names of ex-Tipperary players Bonnar, John McIntyre, a former Offaly and Galway supremo, Michael Cleary and former Tipp selector Eamonn O’Shea have been mentioned as possible successors to Declan Ryan.

However, English steered Tipperary to All-Ireland title glory in 2001 and Sheedy achieved the feat in 2010.

“It wouldn’t make sense for anybody else to think about the Tipperary manager’s job until the Tipp board finds out if either Nicky English or Liam Sheedy is interested,” said Bonnar who managed Wexford for three years up to July 2011 and also guided Waterford IT to four Fitzgibbon Cup successes.

“They obviously are the two stand-out candidates and I’m sure that every hurling person in Tipperary, including myself, would be delighted if either Nicky or Liam was appointed.

“Both Nicky and Liam know what is required to win the championship and either of them would be the best equipped to lead the county for the next few years.”

But Bonnar added that he doesn’t feel it’s automatic that either of the two men will respond to the call.

“After what Nicky and Liam have achieved with the county, I suppose coming back to the manager’s job for the second time can be a little off-putting,” said Bonnar.

“And the Tipperary job is a massive undertaking for anybody as it’s almost a full-time role. As well, it’s a long drive for Nicky from Dublin to Thurles for training sessions and he has been approached about the position before and turned it down. Liam has taken on a new lease of life as an analyst with The Sunday Game.

“But I’ve no doubt that both men will be approached by the Tipp Board.”

Sheedy declined to make any comment on whether he would be interested in making a return to top flight management.

“I have no wish to engage in any media activity on that line,” said the Portroe clubman.

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