LIMERICK GAA’s top brass have defended their decision to reject Tom Ryan’s return to inter-county management.
The man who led Limerick to the All-Ireland SHC finals of 1994 and 1996 had been proposed as the county’s new intermediate hurling manager.
However, the officers of Limerick County Board rejected the proposal last Monday and refused to allow it go before the clubs of Limerick for ratification last Thursday night.
Limerick GAA secretary Mike O’Riordan defended the decision of the officers to reject the proposal of the Tom Ryan led management team.
“There was a lot of debate on both management teams and everything was discussed thoroughly. The feeling was that the intermediate management team wouldn’t be sanctioned. There was lengthy debate - this was not done on a whim,” outlined O’Riordan to a special County Board meeting.
The chairman Oliver Mann echoed the words of the secretary.
“I can assure everyone that I am not one bit influenced by politics - politics and me are nonexistent,” said Mann at the heated meeting.
After an hour of debate, the GAA clubs of Limerick forced the officers of Limerick County Board into a rethink.
“In view of what has been said we have a lot of thinking to do,” said the chairman as he called for an adjournment for one week.
The chairman, secretary and treasurer are now to meet with the five man selection committee, that proposed Tom Ryan and Co, in an effort to solve the impasse.
The meeting did ratify Ciaran Carey as the new U-21 hurling manager and remarkably, Tom Ryan is to be one of his selectors.