Richie Stakelum rules out potential running for Tipperary job

Richie Stakelum says there’s no obvious candidate to take over what he fears is a “jaded” Tipperary team.

The Dublin-based former Tipp captain has ruled himself out of the running to succeed Michael Ryan though.

Previously, the Borrisoleigh man served as a Dublin selector under Anthony Daly as well as managing the capital’s under-21s to provincial success.

He’s currently back alongside Daly with the Kilmacud Crokes senior team and was speaking ahead of the club’s annual All-Ireland sevens event, sponsored by the Beacon Hospital, which takes place on August 18.

Richie Stakelum during the Bord Gais Energy All Ireland Hurling Championship Semi Final

“It’s a lovely fanciful notion but no, not at this stage,” said Stakelum on the possibility of taking over from Ryan.

“Time-commitment, and I just wouldn’t be able to do it with the work schedule I have.

“I’m involved with Anthony in Crokes and that’s tough enough to even get the time at club level.

“An inter-county job is a full-time job. It must be really difficult to hold down a very demanding job, which I have. I couldn’t do inter-county management.”

Stakelum said he wasn’t particularly surprised by Ryan’s decision to step down last week but doesn’t see a standout candidate to replace him, though if Liam Cahill delivers under-21 success in the coming “that will certainly push him up the pecking order”.

He continued: “Willie Maher’s name is mentioned, Liam Sheedy is an obvious one but I just wonder with Liam Sheedy’s trajectory of his career now, he was very close to the Ard Stiurthoir’s job in Croke Park.

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“So is that the way his career is on now? I think if he wanted the job I’d say he’d be a pretty obvious choice.

“But there is no obvious choice, there is no obvious successor now. And Tipp, traditionally, just don’t go outside their county. They will keep it inside.”

And although Tipperary were All-Ireland champions as recently as two years ago, Stakelum says the job may not be all that appealing given the team’s age profile having made a sharp exit this year.

He added: “When you look at Paudie Maher, Brendan Maher, [Seamus] Callanan these guys are around a long time and have played a huge amount of the big games.

“Themselves and Kilkenny jousted for years and I think there are only so many times you can go to the well and I think the team to me looked a bit jaded.

“The challenge now is what is coming underneath, we haven’t seen a huge infusion of the next layer of talent and whoever comes in will have to do that and blood players because Brendan Maher has his cruciate ligament injury, Callanan struggled with his back so a lot of those players have a lot of miles on the clock.

“I still think looking at the Tipp team, the zest and zip, I just didn’t see that.

“A lot of their big players just looked that bit tired, this new format doesn’t necessarily suit players like Paudie Maher who is playing with Thurles Sarsfields all the way into the winter again and it’s probably likely this year again so it is hugely attritional on older players.

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“I think they have talent but we haven’t seen a lot of it introduced. Jake Morris came in and played a few games and they have guys in the backs that didn’t necessarily burn it up at underage level.

“So there is a concern that the next wave, are they going to be as good as the

wave that brought Brendan and Bonner [Patrick Maher] and those guys at that time?

“So it remains to be seen.”

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