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Declan Ryan has stepped down from Tipperary following an exit in this year's All-Ireland semi-finals

Updated: Saturday, 01 Sep 2012 19:50 | Comments

Declan Ryan won two Munster titles with Tipperary but failed to overcome Kilkenny
Declan Ryan won two Munster titles with Tipperary but failed to overcome Kilkenny

Declan Ryan has stepped down as manager of Tipperary, the Premier County board have announced.

Ryan, coach Tommy Dunne and selector Michael Gleeson have stated they do not wish to be considered for re-appointment having completed their two-year term.

Tipp were beaten in the All-Ireland semi-finals by Kilkenny this season, and were also defeated by the Cats in last year’s decider. Ryan won two Munster titles in his tenure but could not repeat the Liam McCarthy success of the Liam Sheedy era.

The statement from the Premier board stated: “All three men have made a great contribution to the GAA in Tipperary over a long number of years and we are fortunate that men of their calibre have been willing to serve the county so generously and so loyally.

“We acknowledge the time, effort and many personal sacrifices they and their families have made in the interests of Tipperary’s senior hurling fortunes and we firmly believe that their good work will lead to continued success for the county.

“We wish them and their families well for the future and we look forward to their continued involvement with and contribution to the GAA in Tipperary.”

A committee led by the county chairman Sean Nugent, will now begin the hunt for a new management team.

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