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Tipperary are on the lookout for a new U21 hurling boss as William Maher steps aside

The Ballingarry native led the team to the 2016 Munster final but the Premier County were brushed aside against Limerick earlier this summer.

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TIPPERARY ARE SEARCHING for a new U21 hurling boss as William Maher has stepped aside.

The county board announced that owing to ‘work commitments and further educational opportunities’, the Ballingarry native would not be seeking a further stint in charge when the position comes up for renewal later this year.

Maher, who captained the Premier County to a minor All-Ireland title in 1996, has been heavily involved in underage Tipp hurling for quite a while.

In 2010, he was a selector as the U21 side claimed the championship and two years later, he was in charge of the minors when they did likewise.

Having cultivated quite a reputation as a coach, he worked alongside Waterford senior boss Derek McGrath as assistant manager in 2014 before he took on the Tipp U21 job in 2015.

Over Maher’s two-year stint in charge, the team reached one Munster final in 2016 but suffered defeat to the Deise. Back in June, they were brushed aside by Limerick in the provincial quarter-finals.

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