Former Tipperary coach and senior hurling manager Eamon O’Shea will return to the county’s management/backroom team at the end of the Allianz National League it was confirmed on Tueday evening.
O’Shea was a key member of Liam Sheedy’s backroom team in 2010 when Tipperary went on to win Liam McCarthy. He then went on to take over the reigns as boss and managed the side from 2013 to 2015. In that short period he guided the Premier men to an All-Ireland Final in 2014 and a Munster Final title in 2015. The statement from the Tipperary county board went on to say that O’Shea will return to the management team in a support role. They did suggest he is not a selector and due to work commitments acknowledged his work will be limited.
Chairman of the Tipperary County Board, John Devane said in the statement “This is a positive development for our hurling squad”. He went on further to say “Eamon O’Shea has been a central figure in the evolution of Tipperary hurling over the past decade. While his involvement will be limited due to work commitments, the expertise and experience he will bring to the mix, even in a supporting role, will be invaluable.”
Current Tipperary boss Liam Sheedy said he spoke with O’Shea about coming back into the role. The Portroe man said “Eamon was one of the first people I talked to when it came to considering stepping back into this role again and we have remained in close contact since. He is a passionate Tipperary man and having him on board at any level is a great boost.”
This is a great boost for Tipperary as they knuckle down now with big games to come in league and championship. They take on Kilkenny this Sunday in Thurles in what should be a good game.