TJ Ryan makes changes to his Limerick hurling management

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

The 2014 Limerick management team: Paul Beary, Mark Lyons, Davy Clarke, and manager TJ Ryan
TJ Ryan has begun the process of reshaping his Limerick senior hurling management.

TJ Ryan has begun the process of reshaping his Limerick senior hurling management.

Ryan is to appoint a new coach and a new trainer for the 2016 season.

Departing the inter-county set-up are physical trainer Mark Lyons (Kilmallock) and coach Paul Beary (Na Piarsaigh).

Both also served as selectors for the past two seasons under manager TJ Ryan and initially alongside Donal O’Grady in 2014.

It is understood that TJ Ryan has pin-pointed two former members of Davy Fitzgerald’s Clare All Ireland winning management to replace the departing duo - coach Paul Kinnerk and strength and conditioning coach Joe O’Connor.

Both are Limerick natives but made their name with Clare and were key members of their 2013 All Ireland winning success.

The duo were also involved in a host of underage success with Clare at minor and U-21 level.

Both stepped away from Davy Fitzgerald’s set-up last September.

Monaleen’s Paul Kinnerk is a former Limerick senior footballer and is currently Head of Limerick’s Underage Football Academy, along with Muiris Gavin.

He continues to line out with the Monaleen footballers, albeit he has missed recent games as he spent a number of months abroad over the Summer.

Kinnerk is a Shannon based secondary school teacher.

Contact has been made with the coach in recent days but Davy Fitzgerald will also hope to entice Kinnerk back into his management.

In June, the Clare manager said: “My ambition and hope is that he will be back with Clare next year. That was always the plan but we’ll have to sit down when he comes back and see what the story is”.

It is understood that contact has also been made with Joe O’Connor, who is a Rathkeale native.

O’Connor worked with the Clare seniors for three years and prior to that also worked with Waterford when Davy Fitzgerald was at the helm.

O’Connor has worked in the fitness industry for almost 20 years and as well as his NISUS Fitness company, he lectures in exercise physiology and performance training in IT Tralee and has featured on RTE’s Ireland’s Fittest Family show.

It is hoped that TJ Ryan’s new management team will be finalised for the September County Board meeting, which will take place on September 8 in Claughaun.

At the July County Board meeting club delegates gave the go ahead to the Limerick chairman (Oliver Mann), secretary (Mike O’Riordan) and treasurer (Donal Morrissey) to meet with TJ Ryan for a review of 2015 before rubber-stamping the second year of his three year term as manager.

Now it is understood that the review has found that changes to the backroom team would best serve Limerick for the new season.