Tipperary have not won back to back All Ireland Hurling titles since 1965 but their chances were boosted yesterday when Liam Sheedy confirmed that he was staying on as manager for at least one more year.
Sheedy holds down a senior position within Bank of Ireland and is also a Director of Sport Ireland so his plate is a busy one.
After leading Tipperary to the All Ireland back in 2010 he went out on top by stepping away and there was a feeling that he might do so again this year but Tipp fans will be relieved that he has decided to take on the challenge once again.
Last year’s campaign was boosted by the backing of Sport for Business member Teneo and it’s founder Declan Kelly. He ensured that whatever was needed to prepare the team was available and wins in the All Ireland stage over Wexford and Kilkenny saw the Liam McCarthy Cup heading to all points from Cahir to Cashel.
With the focus in the GAA now back on club matters and the AIB All Ireland Club Championship, the national spotlight is on this months Special Congress where a potential Tier Two Football Championship will be debated and on the managerial slate for next year.
Brian Cody is expected to come back again for Kilkenny, Davy Fitzgerald has committed to Wexford. Galway is in chaos in a search for a successor to Michael Donoghue.
The focus will soon switch to Dublin and the decision of Jim Gavin as to whether to go back again after securing a place in history with the five-in-a-row.
Leadership is such an important part of a team’s success. The confidence that flows through a county once the right person is in charge is palpable.
Tipperary is a happy place this morning.
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