Davy Fitzgerald, TJ Ryan, Ger Loughnane and Anthony Cunningham have all had experience of facing either Brian Cody or Eamon O'Shea in their managerial careers.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, the quartet give their thoughts on how this year's All-Ireland hurling final involving Kilkenny and Tipperary will shape up.

Davy Fitzgerald (Clare manager):

"Fair play to Eamon O'Shea; he's taken a lot of stick in the last two years. He’s stuck to his guns and I admire that.

"If you ask me, who's going to win, I think Kilkenny will just shade it. I think that experience, that desire to get over the line once again might just edge it for them.

"It's going to be a tight one."

TJ Ryan (Limerick manager):

"Kilkenny are slight favourites and you have to say they've done that little bit more, Their form has been very good this year - league champions and Leinster champions.

"I thought they were incredible in the last 10 minutes against us (All-Ireland semi-final).

"I saw them close up and I was really impressed with them."

Final say


Ger Loughnane (Former Clare and Galway manager):

"The sideline battles and the on-field battles are absolutely intriguing. Ultimately, it will come down to whichever team can create those chances.”

Anthony Cunningham (Galway manager):

"I wouldn't be surprised if Tipperary shaded it by a point. Their style of play is fantastic. They are racking up huge scores. A lot will depend on their full-back line.

"If they hold the Kilkenny forwards, I think they have a super chance.”