Former Tipperary manager, Liam Sheedy is set to make a surprise return to the position following the departure of Michael Ryan earlier this summer.
Early reports from the county suggested that the current U21 manager, Liam Cahill would make the move to the senior job after his All Ireland success against Cork last month.
However, it is now expected that the 48-year-old Portroe native will be ratified at Monday evening’s county board meeting.
Sheedy previously held the position from 2008 to 2010 when the county famously ended Kilkenny’s ‘Drive for Five’. Following that win, Sheedy stepped away, much to the surprise and disappointment of the Tipperary followers.
He has remained in the hurling spotlight since. The Bank of Ireland Munster Director was the chair of the Hurling 2020 Committee for three years and took up a backroom team role with Antrim in recent times. He is currently the chairman of Sport Ireland’s high-performance unit and is a member of the Irish Sports Council.
Sheedy is also a well-respected pundit with RTE’s The Sunday Game and appeared to rule himself out of contention when he was questioned about a potential return on the programme last month.
“Whether it’s me or Nicky English, there’s always going to be names like that branded around but ultimately, it’s a massive, massive commitment and they’ll need a bit more spare time than I have!”
“It’s a massive appointment but that job will be hotly contested because they’ll still be one of the favourites for the Munster Championship and for major honours next year”.
— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) August 5, 2018
Their two former managers, Michael Ryan and Eamon O’Shea were selectors under Sheedy during his previous stint. Ryan stepped away following a disappointing season for Tipperary which saw them fail to reach the All Ireland series of the 2018 Championship. The Upperchurch-Drombane native led the county to win the Liam MacCarthy in 2016.