Tipperary senior hurling manager Declan Ryan looks set to walk away from his post this week according to sources in the Premier County.
Ryan’s team lost heavily to a hungry Kilkenny side in Croke Park last month and Tipperary GAA officials are expected to confirm his departure later this week.
Ryan succeeded Liam Sheedy following Tipp’s 2010 All-Ireland win and in his two year tenure the Premier have won Munster twice and reached an All-Ireland final, losing out to Kilkenny last year.
Tipperary had a comfortable win in Munster this year although the devastating 18-point defeat to Kilkenny recently would seem to have spelt the end for Ryan and his management team.
The defeat was Tipperary’s biggest in over 100 years and the manner of the rout has sent shockwaves around the Munster County.
However, it seems it is Ryan himself who has come forward and asked not to be considered for another year, perhaps feeling he has done as much as he can.
The Premier County job is a hot ticket though and names being mentioned already are that of former managers Nicky English, who masterminded 2001’s All-Ireland victory, and Liam Sheedy.
Also seemingly in contention for the upcoming hot-seat are Eamon O’Shea, coach during Sheedy’s successful tenure, former player and manager Ken Hogan, 1991 captain Declan Carr, Dublin selector Richie Stakelum and former Galway boss John McIntyre.