Tipperary County Board believe that hurling boss Declan Ryan can recover from the disappointment of his first season in charge and get the county back on track in 2012.
County secretary Tim Floyd admitted that while the performance of the team fell well below expectations this season the board feels Ryan and his management team have what it takes to lead the team to another Liam McCarthy in 2012.
“The post mortems continued for weeks with team management not being spared by the hindsight supporters and critics. These same critics wanted Liam Sheedy’s head on a plate after the first round defeat to Cork in May, 2010,” Floyd wrote in his annual report.
“Naturally enough, they jumped on the winning bandwagon when the tide turned in the qualifiers and joined the celebrations in September when we reached the Holy Grail. Declan Ryan is made of steely stuff and I am confident he will bounce back from this disappointment. Declan, Tommy and ‘Glossy’ are winners and have a winning mentality.
“I am certain we will see a hardening of attitudes in 2012 to ensure that, by September, our players will be stronger, both mentally and physically, to compete successfully and bring back the Liam McCarthy Cup to the Premier County.”