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Tipp county board set to reappoint hurling and football managers for 2018

Michael Ryan and Liam Kearns are set to remain in the position of hurling and football managers respectively.

Michael Ryan led the Tipp hurlers to the All-Ireland semi-finals this year.
Michael Ryan led the Tipp hurlers to the All-Ireland semi-finals this year.
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TIPPERARY OFFICIALS ARE due to confirm shortly that Michael Ryan is staying on as the county’s senior hurling team manager.

There are strong indications from the Premier County that Ryan will commit to a third season at the helm.

During his first year in charge, Tipp captured Munster and All-Ireland titles, before being narrowly defeated by eventual champions Galway in the 2017 All-Ireland semi-final.

It is also anticipated that Ryan’s backroom team will return en block — which means that he will work with coach Declan Fanning and selectors John Madden and Conor Stakelum again.

Meanwhile, it’s understood that 2016 All-Ireland minor winning manager Liam Cahill is set to step up to the U21 role vacated by William Maher.

2010 All-Ireland winner Darragh Egan had been touted for the U17 job but has been forced to decline due to other commitments.

Liam Kearns is also due to announce whether or not he will be continuing as the Premier County’s senior football team boss in the coming days.

The Kerry native has overseen impressive progress during his two seasons in charge to date.

In 2016, Tipp reached the All-Ireland SFC semi-finals, where they lost out to Mayo, and promotion was achieved to Division 2 of the Allianz League earlier this year.

Tipperary county board top brass may be in a position to confirm all of their 2018 appointments at the next scheduled meeting, which looks set to be penciled in for 26 September.

Motions relating to the GAA’s Special Congress will also be discussed at that Tuesday gathering.

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