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TJ Ryan: Dónal O'Grady exit could have been handled better

Updated: Sunday, 11 May 2014 09:35 | Comments

TJ Ryan, pictured on the right here with Dónal O'Grady and Limerick are now focusing on the defence of their Munster crown
TJ Ryan, pictured on the right here with Dónal O'Grady and Limerick are now focusing on the defence of their Munster crown

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Not for the first time Limerick hurling was engulfed in crisis when last month Dónal O’Grady stepped down from his position as co-manager of the county’s senior side.

O’Grady quit the post on Easter Sunday after a controversy relating to apologies for Limerick's league form he and Ryan were erroneously said to have made at a previous county board meeting.

In the interests of continuity Ryan agreed to stay in his post ahead of the the Munster championship semi-final against Tipperary on 1 June.

Ryan has now said the situation regarding O’Grady’s departure could have been handled a lot better.

Speaking at the launch of RTÉ Sport’s GAA Championship coverage, he said: “The plan at the start of the year was that Dónal and myself were going to do it together.

“Hindsight is marvellous in any situation. Yes it could have been handled better; it’s untimely and we could have done without it.

"I look at other teams and I see how well they’re doing. Last week’s league final was a great game.

"Hindsight is marvellous in any situation. Yes it could have been handled better" - TJ Ryan

"But then I think we’re the current Munster champions and we’re determined to do the best we can with the Tipperary game in mind. I believe in the players we have."

The Garryspillane clubman went on to say that preparations for the upcoming Semple Stadium clash are going well, while also clarifying his role.

“At the moment I’m the full-time manager and I will be for the rest of the year. The situation will be reviewed whenever our championship finishes.

"The players have been fantastic; [their] response has been brilliant. I couldn’t have asked for more. The rest of the back-room team have been really good.

"This week I was delighted to add Davy Clarke – a brilliant hurler with Limerick in the past – to the management team.

“The players have been with their clubs for the past few weeks – but we’re all back to full training on Monday night. That leaves us three weeks to prepare for the Tipperary game."

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