It’s the second coming of Liam Sheedy.
The Portroe man has been confirmed as the Premier County’s new senior hurling manager after the county board confirmed his appointment on a three-year term on Monday night.
Sheedy, who managed the Tipperary hurlers to All-Ireland senior success in 2010, returns to the helm and many fans in the county will welcome the news.
Big news coming out of the Premier County tonight! https://t.co/VaUHmx5IIY
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Of course, there will be pressure, such is the passion and drive for success within the county but with full support and the promise of the U21 hurlers who secured their 10th All-Ireland title by beating Cork in the Gaelic Grounds in August, this could be a special time in Tipperary hurling at senior level.
Managers returning to a previous post often doesn’t end well but Sheedy reveals to RTÉ’s Marty Morrisey that he couldn’t resist the opportunity.
“You don’t realise it until you’re gone. Being involved with your club, being involved with Antrim and being involved with various teams, the love for the game never really goes away. I was fortunate to talk about it on a lot of Sundays over the years,” Sheedy said.
“So when I got a chance to come back in, I said, ‘why not?’, do you know? I’m really, really looking forward to it. I haven’t been this buzzed up in a long time. So I’m full of energy and just really looking forward to getting stuck in in 2019.”
The 48-year-old also admitted that he “came to the table late” in terms of being a candidate for the position but that he is “delighted” he made the decision.
Liam Sheedy has revealed that after initially turning down the Tipperary role, the lure of a second spell proved too strong.
"As time moved on, there was a burning desire in me that just wasn’t going away. I came to the table late, but I’m delighted I did." pic.twitter.com/dFS82vxB65
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