Tipperary senior hurling Manager Declan Ryan insisted that no rash decision would be made in the wake of his sides drubbing at the hands of Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday afternoon last.
Despite the humiliating defeat and the very obvious pain evident in his eyes, the Clonoulty Rossmore man was adamant that players, management and the County Board need time to assess where they are at, before making any decisions on the future.
The management term of Declan, Tommy Dunne and Michael Gleeson ended with the final whistle on Sunday and while two Munster titles have been bagged during their tenure, two rather unsatisfactory defeats at the hands of Kilkenny also stick out. But, while allowances may have been made for the 2011 All-Ireland Final defeat, the latest reverse was very hard to take. Tipp folk were left flabbergasted as they left Croke Park - sure the better team won, but are Kilkenny really 18 points a better team than Tipp. Perhaps not, but tactically Tipp got it very badly wrong - a fact admitted quite openly by Declan. See this weeks Tipperary Star for full reports.