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TJ Ryan steps down as Limerick boss

The Garryspillane clubman’s decision was expected after his side’s qualifier defeat to Clare on Saturday.

TJ Ryan.
TJ Ryan.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

TJ RYAN HAS confirmed he will not be putting his name forward for the role of Limerick senior hurling manager next season.

Ryan admitted after his side’s four-point defeat to Clare on Saturday that “he had a go and it wasn’t good enough”.

His mind seemed to be all but made up after the qualifier loss but he did also say that he would “sleep on it and think about it over the next day or two”.

However, he has since decided that enough is enough, even though he had another year to run on his contract, and the county board have confirmed his departure.

“CLG Coiste Contae Luimní would like to confirm that TJ Ryan 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,” the statement read.

“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.”

The Garryspillane clubman took over as Limerick manager in 2014, when he guided the county to an All-Ireland semi-final against eventual champions Kilkenny, after a spell as joint-manager alongside Donal O’Grady.

Ryan was handed a three-year deal after the 2014 season but following two disappointing campaigns, which saw them eliminated in round 2 of the qualifiers, Ryan has called time a year early.

It is believed that the search for his replacement will begin straight away with Na Piarsaigh boss Shane O’Neill, Kerry manager Ciaran Carey and 2015 All-Ireland U21 winning manager John Kiely being tipped as his possible successor.

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