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Sideline cut? No job offer for English… yet

A hurler on the ditch for almost a decade, one of the game’s all-time greats is mulling over a return to the bainisteoir bib.

Nicky English managed Tipperary to All-Ireland success in 2001.
Nicky English managed Tipperary to All-Ireland success in 2001.
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THE TIPPERARY COUNTY board has, this lunchtime, dismissed reports that Premier legend Nicky English has been offered the chance to succeed Liam Sheedy as manager, according to the Irish Times.

Tipp PRO Ger Ryan told said no decision has been reached on who will fill the position.

This morning, reports in the Irish Independent suggested Nicky English was ‘mulling over’ the job offer.

The six-time All Star was said to have promised to inform Tipperary County Board officials in the coming days whether or not he wants to return as the county’s senior hurling team manager, according to Jackie Cahill.

The Lattin-Cullen man, who works in Dublin city with the Allied Irish Bank, led his home county to a famous All-Ireland win in 2001 as manager – after a glittering playing career in which he won two Celtic Crosses.

And in a county that was left devastated by manager Liam Sheedy’s departure in the wake of a thrilling All-Ireland decider against Kilkenny in September, the return of English would be a very welcome fillip.

Wrote Jackie Cahill:

What is certain is that the job has been offered to English, who managed Tipperary to All-Ireland SHC glory in 2001. Work and family commitments scuppered a previous return to the hot seat but it is understood conditions could now be right for a comeback.

A county board meeting is scheduled for this evening but county board chairman Barry O’Brien has previously stated a new manager will not be ratified until the November meeting.

English is due back from holidays tomorrow and could meet with O’Brien and his fellow officers before the weekend. Top brass are anxious to find Sheedy’s successor as soon as possible.

He could probably still do a job in the league campaign at least:

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