Cahill makes his case to be Tipp se­nior man­ager

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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.

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