Last night Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea resigned as Tipperary manager following three years as the man in charge.
Speaking last night to the media after his sides loss by a single point to Galway, O’Shea was clearly very emotional as he reflected on his three years. Earlier in the year it was confirmed that O’Shea would step down at the end of Tipperary’s campaign in 2015 and his assistant Michael Ryan will take his place for 2016 on wards. He opened his interview with
“Tipperary is over for me, Being involved with Tipperary is over for me. I had my innings with Tipp. It was bloody, it was great. We did what we could. We tried to play the game in a particular way. There are men in Tipperary who can carry this on. I just feel that we gave it everything every time we went out. We tried to win. We didn’t always win. We were beaten by a point, beaten by three points. It doesn’t look great sometimes but we did our utmost to win these games. I said to the players, the belief I have in them and the belief I have that they can continue and go on and grow better when I’m not there is really strong. Somebody else will go on and do this better than I did. That’s all you can do. I’m old enough now to know that I had a real good shot at it. I had a real good shot and I really, really tried to play the game the way I wanted to play the game and the way they wanted to play the game. In one sense I feel emotional. Obviously losing is huge. But it’s theirs, it’s the players’ game. Me leaving is only a footnote. It will be only a footnote. What’s really important is that we continue and we push and we try to go on and be better. It’s about for them moving on and trying to be better and trying to be better. That’s what high level sport is. It’s a beautiful thing but it’s a brutal thing, and it’s both at the same time, and that’s the essence of what happened today. But for them this is a beginning. We’ve nine players who won their first Munster final. They can go on and be better players. We are defeated certainly, but it is them — they are the story and they are going to be the story over the next number of years. For me, it is emotional certainly but it is only a footnote when all is said and done.”