Former Tipperary hurler, Eoin Kelly, believes that comments made by manager, Liam Sheedy, instructing his player not to speak about the county at a media event, were taken out of context.
Tipperary goalkeeper, Brian Hogan, attending a media launch of the Electric Ireland Fitzgibbon Cup earlier this month, but word was circulated to the media prior to the event that the UCD player had been instructed not to speak about Tipperary by their management.
Given the time of year, and Sheedy’s former work as a pundit for The Sunday Game, the ban caused a stir among the GAA community.
However, Kelly, a GAA Ambassador for Paddy Power News, believes that Hogan made have interpreted his manager incorrectly and insists that the 2010 All Ireland winning boss will be very open with the media.
“My honest gut feeling on that, I’d say that was taken out of context. Because having known Liam Sheedy and his work involving media, he doesn’t have a problem with media. Believe me, going forward this year, I think Tipperary will be very open to the media.”
“I’d say that was just a loose comment, to say ‘Brian, look don’t say too much about Tipp’. And maybe Brian, being inexperienced might have taken it to heart and said ‘this is a Fitzgibbon launch’. That would be my feeling on it. I’d nearly be 100% there.”
There was uproar last season when Tipperary manager, Michael Ryan, refused to speak to the media after his side’s loss to Limerick in the Munster championship opener. However, he spoke to Tipp FM later that week and reversed his decision.
The former captain maintains that Sheedy will have learned from his predecessor’s mistake.
“All the uproar from last year, there was no way. I don’t think Brian Hogan was sent to that media launch, saying there’s a media ban. And all the uproar from last year, there was no way. I don’t think Brian Hogan was sent to that media launch, saying there’s a media ban.”
“I guarantee you there’d be no problem with Tipp with the media for the rest of the season. It’s not based on that Brian Hogan incident. It’s just Liam Sheedy’s style. He has no problem. Even last year, Michael Ryan, that created a big media news flash, so I’d say, my gut feeling on the last day, it was taken a small bit out of context. Maybe a small bit of inexperience from the individual player.”
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