"The easy option would've been to stay sitting above in the studio" - New Tipp boss Liam Sheedy

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"The easy option would've been to stay sitting above in the studio" - New Tipp boss Liam Sheedy


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Eight years ago, Liam Sheedy stepped away from the Tipperary manager's role after guiding the Premier to the 2010 All Ireland hurling title.

Now he's back in charge with the aim of bringing Tipp back to the summit after a couple of fallow years in the Championship after the 2016 triumph.

Sheedy joined Richie McCormack to explain why he's stepping away from punditry and returning to the hurly burly of elite inter-county management.

"For me, it's great to be back at the helm. I consider it to be one of the best jobs in the country and hotly sought after, so to be given the chance to manage your own county in any year is a great opportunity and is a fantastic honour. It's one that I'm really looking forward to," he said, before explaining the process which led to him getting the role.

"I was wondering could I do it but when I said 'no', I stepped back and said, 'Look, sure I couldn't' but then it just wasn't going away.

Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy celebrates at the final whistle ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

"There was something tugging at me there and family and friends, I'm lucky I have a great circle of family and friends and they were saying, 'You've really thought this through, you're getting to your late 40s now, is there ever a better time and sort of last minute I went back in and said, 'Lads, is that job gone'.

"Because it is one of the best jobs in the country and there's an opportunity there to go back in and be a part of it again." 

Of the team he is inheriting, Sheedy says the first challenge will be to take Tipp back into the Top 6 before thinking about All Ireland tilts and is relishing the challenge of getting back into the fray. 

"It's amazing some people are saying, 'Sure, you're mad. You could have sat above in the studio and you could've stayed talking about [hurling] from the comfort of a couch. But ultimately I'm a Tipperary man and I feel that I can add something to my county.

"The easy thing to do, the easy option would've been to stay sitting above in the studio but actually for me, I want to go in and I want to see can I give a little bit more into this squad."


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