Under-fire Tipperary senior hurling manager, Declan Ryan, looks certain to inform County Board officials this week he will not be seeking another term, while Munster rivals Limerick last night revealed John Allen has agreed to stay in charge of the senior hurlers.
Ryan’s two-year tenure officially came to an end following the 18-point mauling by Kilkenny over a week ago.
The fallout from the All-Ireland semi-final shambles has been unprecedented and Ryan, coach Tommy Dunne and selector Michael ‘Glossy’ Gleeson are all set to fall on their swords with the search for their successors expected to commence next week.
Ryan, a three-time All-Ireland SHC medallist, took over from Liam Sheedy following Tipp’s 2010 All-Ireland success. He presided over two successive Munster SHC wins but Tipp lost the 2011 All-Ireland final to Kilkenny and suffered their heaviest championship defeat since the late 1800s against the Cats at Croke Park last Sunday week.
Former managers Sheedy and Nicky English, who masterminded All-Ireland glory in 2001, are the popular choices to succeed Ryan while Eamon O’Shea, coach during Sheedy’s successful tenure, could also emerge as a candidate.
Another former player and manager, Ken Hogan, has also been mentioned after leading Tipperary to Munster and All-Ireland U21 glory in 2010.
Limerick have given a vote of confidence to Allen. The former Cork manager took Limerick to the All-Ireland quarter-final this summer where they bowed out to Kilkenny.
Meanwhile, Tipperary senior football manager, Peter Creedon, looks sure to continue in the role after acting on an interim basis following the resignation of John Evans last March.
Creedon, who led Tipp to three successive All-Ireland SFC qualifier victories, will be assisted once again by selectors Gerry McGill and Michael O’Loughlin and board chiefs will back him.
It is also expected that David Power, who guided Tipperary to the All-Ireland minor football title in 2011, will step up to take control of the U21 team.
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