Liam Sheedy, Eamonn O’Shea and Nicky English are among the leading names linked with the Tipperary manager’s position vacated by Declan Ryan on Saturday.
The county board confirmed via a press release that the Clonoulty-Rossmore man, along with his coach Tommy Dunne and selector Michael Gleeson, had expressed their wish not to seek reappointment having completed their two-year term. Ryan departs having claimed back-to-back Munster titles but having seen both seasons end in defeat by Kilkenny, in last year’s All-Ireland final and last month’s hugely disappointing semi-final collapse.
Tipperary chairman Seán Nugent will now head up a nine-man managerial appointment committee to recommend a successor to the county board.
Last night, he said Ryan’s successor is more than likely to be a Tipperary native.
“My view is that we have people ably qualified for the position here in Tipperary. With a lot of these people, the question is do they have the time?
“It’s the type of job that takes up an awful lot of your time, a job that the manager eats, sleeps and drinks.
“There are so many things to do and organise and it’s a hugely time consuming job. You’re looking for the kind of person that has that time, and the qualities to do the job.”
Nugent is one of five county board officers leading the hunt, along with vice-chairman Michael Bourke, secretary Tim Floyd, PRO Ger Ryan and treasurer Eamonn Buckley.
They will be assisted in their search by the four divisional chairmen in Tipperary, namely Roger Kennedy in the West, John McGrath from the North, John Devane representing the Mid and Joe Brennan from the South.
It is anticipated that a full county board meeting will be fixed for September 18, the third Tuesday of the month, and a successor to Ryan could be confirmed then.
Nugent said: “It would be my wish that it’s done and dusted in the month of September but these processes can be slow.”
Nugent added: “The manager of a county senior hurling team, Tipperary in this instance, is a man with special qualities. We’re ideally looking for a man with great organisational skills, and man management skills, and that’s very much part of any managerial post now. And obviously we require someone who is highly qualified in regard to the hurling scene.”
Nugent admitted: “It’s a hugely important appointment to Tipperary. There’s huge speculation out there as we speak about who might get the job and we don’t want to be left in a vacuum for a length of time. It’s important not to rush it but to also go out there and get the job done as quickly as possible.”
Speaking at the end of 2011, Sheedy refused to rule out returning to the role that brought him and O’Shea All-Ireland success in 2010.
Should work commitments with Bank of Ireland obstruct the Portroe man from taking over once again, Tipperary may turn to O’Shea, although he holds a demanding position himself as professor of economics in NUI Galway.
Work demands were the reason why 2001 All-Ireland winning manager English wasn’t in a position to put himself forward to succeed Sheedy at the end of 2010.
Although he is still Dublin-based, the Lattin-Cullen man has previously expressed interest in taking the reins again and may consider it were he to be approached.
Current U21 manager Ken Hogan, former Offaly and Galway boss John McIntyre and ex-Wexford manager Colm Bonnar have also been named as potential candidates.
In Saturday’s statement, the county board expressed their gratitude to Ryan, Dunne and Gleeson for their work over the last two years.
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