Having started a two-year term at the start of 2016, Tipperary manager Michael Ryan’s current deal has come to a conclusion. Little of the aftermath of Sunday’s classic against Galway has surrounded the Tipp manager’s future. Ryan was dignified in defeat the last day and speaking to the Tipperary Star, county chairman Michael Bourke made no secret of his desire for Ryan and his management team to remain in charge.
“I would be hopeful that they are the men to lead us forward. The shift that they have put in for the last two years has been phenomenal.
They have had good days and low days, but they are there for the betterment of Tipperary.
They have a squad of players that can work and be back again.
There is always room for change, but once the leaders remain you can work with that”.
Having led Tipperay to their first All-Ireland title in six years, it is no surprise that those in charge want Ryan to remain at the helm. There were stages of the 2017 season when the wheels firmly looked like coming of for Tipp but last Sunday’s performance was a sign that Ryan and the players had turned things around and were in fact very close to being the first Premier side to retain the Liam McCarthy cup since 1965.
On the subject of Ryan remaining in his position, Bourke added;
“That will be Mick’s call at the end of the day”.
The indications from the top table in Tipp is that the job of senior hurling manager is Michael Ryan’s to give away. It will be an interesting position to follow over the winter months. There is still a lot of potential in this Tipperary group and if Ryan was to vacate, there would be no shortage of admirers to take over his role.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man, where we question if the Super 8s is already doomed, hear from Mickey Harte and Jim Gavin after their quarter-final victories, and discuss Galway’s thrilling win over Tipperary.