Limerick hurlers are on the search for a new manager as TJ Ryan’s expected departure from his position has now been confirmed.
The Limerick County Board confirmed the news with a statement late on Monday evening. Ryan’s side exited the championship after defeat to Clare in the qualifiers last Saturday. Speaking after the game Ryan gave a lot of indications that he would not be seeking to complete his three year term in 2017.
The Limerick County Board issued a statement that read;
“CLG Coiste Contae Luimní would to like to confirm that TJ Ryan today Monday July 11 2016 has informed the Officers of CLG Coiste Contae Luimní that he will not be going forward as Limerick Senior Hurling Manager for the 2017 season.
“CLG Coiste Contae Luimní would like to thank TJ for his commitment and time given over his three year term as Limerick Senior Hurling Manager. We would also like to wish TJ and his family the very best into the future.”
Ryan’s time as manager will be looked back on with mixed feelings. He took over the mantle in 2014 when Donal O’Grady left midseason after a fallout. Ryan had a great opening year in the job with a win over Tipperary in Thurles. They lost a Munster final to Cork that year but rebounded back to come very close to beating Kilkenny in that year’s All-Ireland semi-final.
2015 and 2016 did not bring the same levels of success and progression as Limerick failed to make any impact on the championship. They received two hammerings at the hands of Tipperary in Munster and lost to Dublin and Clare respectively in the qualifiers, failing to reach the quarter-final stage.
Underage has been on an upward curve in Limerick. They won an emphatic under-21 All-Ireland title last year. This has all been backed up by Harty Cup successes for Ardcoil Rís while their club sides Na Piarsaigh and Kilmallock have all made big strides with Na Piarsaigh winning the All-Ireland last year.
The job will be an attractive one as the raw materials appear to be there. Ryan was a good servant to Limerick over the years, but his time as manager is up for the moment. A new voice is needed to bring Limerick forward to make them a real competitive force again.