Cahill makes his case to be Tipp senior manager
Unlike other challengers, action was Liam Cahill’s best means of staking a claim for the position of Tipperary senior hurling manager and it sure spoke volumes for him in Limerick on Sunday.
The result obviously means a lot but the display would undoubtedly have convinced the selection committee charged with finding Michael Ryan’s successor of Cahill’s acumen. These U21s were shell-shocked following that 13-point hammering in the Munster final but in just over seven weeks he was able to rehab the squad. It meant changing a third of the team but the transformation was incredible. How they adapted to the conditions in the second half, never mind the questions they asked of Cork, had to be put into practice, yet the leadership shown by Cahill and coach Michael Bevans was evident.
Earlier this month, former Tipperary star Michael Cleary spoke of how a big personality might not be needed to succeed Michael Ryan. Cahill mightn’t be a household name but then neither was John Kiely. Both are no-nonsense, straight talkers who have earned their corn at under-age level, as is Cahill’s fellow Ballingarry man Willie Maher, who is also in the running.
One game shouldn’t decide who should or should not get an inter-county managerial position but what Cahill has overseen from July 4 to August 26 has been an incredible achievement. If he is handed the big one, nobody can begrudge him, not even those who want the role for themselves.