LIMERICK hurling manager TJ Ryan has confirmed that he will not be adding a hurling coach to his management.
Last week after the shock departure of Donal O’Grady as joint-manager and coach, a Limerick GAA statement said that “the chairman, secretary and treasurer in consultation with the team management would identify and appoint a hurling coach as a priority”.
However Ryan has now said he will not avail of that option.
“There won’t be a coach,” he said.
“With three weeks to go, basically myself and Paul Beary (selector) will be handling it. Paul Beary has handled Na Piarsaigh for two county championships and two Munster clubs and is well capable and is going to help me with the coaching for the next couple of weeks,” explained Ryan after Saturday’s challenge game defeat to Cork.
“We have to put it behind us,” said Ryan of the turbulent week.
“Absolutely”, was his response when asked if he was staying on as manager for the fast approaching Munster Championship.
“At the start of the season I was delighted to work with Donal and I would much prefer to have Donal with me, I think he is a top class coach, but what has happened is regrettable and it is what it is and I have to try and do my best for Limerick hurling and these lads,” said Ryan after the 3-20 to 3-17 defeat.