O’Shea poised to take over in Tipp

Senior Tipperary players expect former coach Eamon O’Shea will be named their new hurling manager.

O’Shea poised  to take over in Tipp

But officials said the Kilruane McDonaghs man is not scheduled to be announced at tonight’s county board meeting.

However, it is strongly believed the county’s 2010 All-Ireland winning coach will be shortly declared the selection committee’s nomination as Declan Ryan’s successor.

Players are already anticipating that they will be reacquainted with O’Shea with whom they enjoyed three fruitful seasons along with Liam Sheedy. O’Shea attended a number of county senior quarter-finals in Thurles over the weekend but is out of the country this week.

Although it had been speculated O’Shea was unavailable due to work commitments, county chairman Seán Nugent suggested the circumstances of a candidate who had dropped out of the running could change.

O’Shea met with county board officials the week before last after which it was rumoured he had withdrawn his name. However, it’s understood the NUIG professor of economics met again with members of the selection committee last week.

Officials last night maintained they aren’t as close to naming a new manager as has been speculated in the county. Nugent said “unfortunately, there is no white smoke” while county PRO Ger Ryan stated there will be no declaration at tonight’s meeting. “As things stand, there will be no announcement at the meeting,” said Ryan. “We still haven’t finished the process. Once we have news we will release a statement.”

Speaking on Tipp FM yesterday, Tipperary secretary Tim Floyd echoed Nugent and Ryan’s remarks, saying “we have nothing ready for that yet”.

However, there is already speculation about O’Shea’s potential management team with Michael Ryan, who worked alongside him under Sheedy, mentioned as well as another former defender Eamonn Corcoran.

Ryan was in Semple on Sunday to take in the Thurles Sarsfields-Kildangan and Eire Óg Annacarty-Portroe SHC quarter-finals.

Galway-based O’Shea’s appointment would be wholly endorsed by the current panel. Speaking at the end of last year, goalkeeper Brendan Cummins emphatically lauded his training sessions.

Meanwhile, Tipperary senior champions Drom-Inch have been drawn to face Loughmore-Castleiney in the county semi-final.

Thurles Sarsfields, who went out at the last-four stage last year, will play Eire Óg Annacarty in the other semi-final.

The games will form a double-header in Semple Stadium on Sunday, October 7.

Ballina and Sean Treacys will clash in an intermediate semi-final with Silvermines taking on the winners or Rockwell Rovers and St Mary’s in the other fixture.

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