TJ Ryan set to take Limerick reins

Jerome O’Connell

Reporter:

Jerome O’Connell

TJ Ryan
TJ Ryan looks set to lead Limerick into the Munster championship as manager of the Limerick senior hurlers.

TJ Ryan looks set to lead Limerick into the Munster championship as manager of the Limerick senior hurlers.

Limerick GAA officers met late into Monday night and after a two hour meeting it is understood that they decided to give Ryan their back to continue at the helm.

Selectors Paul Beary and Mark Lyons will also remain in place.

It is understood that they are looking to add a coach to the management set-up in the coming days.

However all is to confirmed early this afternoon when Limerick GAA release a statement.

But it does appear that Ryan will be in charge when Limerick begin the defence of their Munster SHC title on June 1.

Limerick GAA was plunged into yet another inter-county management crisis with the resignation of joint manager/coach Donal O’Grady last on Sunday night.

And, the former Cork All-Ireland winning manager, departed with a volley of criticism labelled at Limerick County Board officers.

While O’Grady has released a statement outlined his position, neither TJ Ryan or Limerick GAA had broken their silence.

“Limerick hurling co managers TJ Ryan and Donal O’Grady sought an immediate meeting with county board officers when certain statements at a recent board meeting appeared in the press. One such statement informed the meeting that the co-managers ‘apologised for the abysmal’ displays during the league at a previous league review meeting. This statement was simply untrue,” outlined O’Grady in his statement.

“Furthermore the co-managers were appalled and alarmed that such statements would be made as they completely undermined the efforts of the players who had worked tremendously hard over the winter to advance the cause of Limerick senior hurling. The co-managers sought a retraction of the ‘apology’ statement and clarification of other statements at this joint meeting between the officers and managers on April 11 (three days after the board meeting). At the outset of this meeting chairman, Oliver Mann, admitted without issue, that no apology was ever tendered to the officers by the management. It was decided to issue a statement on the Limerick GAA website the following day withdrawing the untrue statement, while clarifying others. This did not happen,” said O’Grady.

“Ten days have elapsed since. No clarifications and no retraction of the untrue statement have been made public as agreed. As no official retraction or clarification was published, national press coverage has continued to report the untrue statement, which has further undermined the management and playing panel. Donal O’Grady wishes to state that regretfully at this point in time he has no other option but to step down forthwith from his position of coach and co-manager.”

O’Grady’s statement said that TJ Ryan was to “continue in his managerial role in the interim, in the interests of continuity” as “upcoming fixtures are in place”.