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'We’ve had some great highs and some lows' - Tipp boss to take time before deciding on future

Liam Kearns saw his team bow out of the 2017 race on Saturday.

Liam Kearns Tipperary football manager Liam Kearns Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

TIPPERARY BOSS LIAM Kearns will take time to reflect after Saturday’s championship exit at the hands of Armagh before deciding whether to return to take the managerial reins again in 2018.

Last year’s All-Ireland semi-finalists bowed out after a two-point qualifier loss in Semple Stadium and the game brought an end to the two-year term that Kearns had originally signed up for.

“(My) two-year term is up, we’ve had some great highs and some lows. There were things that I wouldn’t be happy with but they’re all stuff to be talked about and I’ll have to sit down and talk with all the stakeholders.

“I’ll talk to players, I’ll talk to the football board, the county board and obviously my own family, and consider what’s best for Tipperary football.

“We’ll try to make the best decision in the interests of Tipperary football, I’ll take a couple of weeks off completely and then we’ll start the process.

“Hopefully in five or six weeks’, we’ll make a decision.”

Jack Kennedy with Andrew Munin Tipperary's Jack Kennedy with Armagh's Andrew Murnin Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Kearns guided Tipperary to the All-Ireland semi-final stage last August and they built on that success this spring when clinching league promotion from Division 3.

The championship was a mixed bag of results but while there is clear potential in their squad, Kearns is keen to assess what players will be available next year.

“People say potential but potential is you know (having) Steven O’Brien, Seamus Kennedy, Peter Acheson (and) Colin O’Riordan.

“When I took the job two years ago, I thought I had a load of players, which I didn’t have when I went in to do the job.

“If I’m taking it on for another two years, I’m definitely going to find out prior to taking it, what exactly I have.

“That’s only fair and anybody would do that. You have to see what you’re working with.”

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