Limerick hurler Shane Dowling has urged county fans to get behind the new coaching ticket of Dónal O’Grady and TJ Ryan.
The duo were ratified at last night’s county board meeting which sees O’Grady return to the post that he left in 2011. Limerick’s last three hurling managers have now been Cork natives but Dowling firmly believes that this won’t an issue for the playing squad, nor should it be for the supporters.
“I’ve always believed that if you could get someone in from your own county, it’s great. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter too much. Last year John Allen showed as much passion as any Limerick person would.”
TJ Ryan has been named as joint manager alongside O’Grady and Dowling feels that his appointment is vital. Ryan previously worked with O’Grady as a selector in 2010. In more recent times he has managed the Limerick under 21 side where he coached Dowling.
“I played under TJ last year with the U21s. It didn’t work out but that wasn’t his fault. TJ is extremely passionate. I’ve always had great time for him.”
Dowling wasn’t involved with Limerick under O’Grady but admits he can’t wait to get started under the new manager.
“A lot of people have told me that working under Donal O’Grady is some experience. I’m looking forward to it.
“Every manager has their own way of doing things. I just need to keep my head down — train hard, work hard.”
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