Careers on the line, warns Sheedy

Careers on the line, warns Sheedy

Tipperary’s former All-Ireland winning manager Liam Sheedy has warned that inter-county careers are on the line ahead of the crunch qualifier with Kilkenny or Galway on Saturday week.

Eamon O’Shea’s Tipperary will discover their Thurles opponents following Saturday’s Leinster SHC semi-final replay in Tullamore, with the losers shunted into a Semple Stadium All-Ireland qualifier.

And while Sheedy expressed “huge belief in players and management”, the man who guided the Premier County to Liam MacCarthy Cup glory in 2010 could not play down the significance of the July 5 clash.

Addressing delegates at Tuesday evening’s full county board meeting, Sheedy stated: “You can’t go back and win the Munster final at this stage. There are careers at stake now.”

According to Tipperary sources, Sheedy has taken a couple of recent squad sessions, linking up again with O’Shea and Michael Ryan, who acted as coach and selector respectively in 2010. And Sheedy said: “It has been a tough few weeks on the hurling front and we are facing into what is the most important week for this team.

“I have huge belief in the players and management. I stood shoulder to shoulder with two of the management and most of the players.

“And I feel that people need to have trust and belief in them.”

Sheedy revealed that the Tipperary players are “low on confidence” following the disappointing Munster SHC semi-final defeat to Limerick in Thurles on June 1.

But Sheedy believes a victory would spark a major revival for a team that has not won a championship match since the 2012 Munster final.

Sheedy said: “The reality is that the players are low on confidence at the present time but all it takes to get that going again is a win.

“It is not for a lack of trying on the training pitch, believe me. Everyone needs to know that.”

But Sheedy was disappointed to see Limerick fans outnumbering home supporters at the provincial semi-final.

And issuing a “call to arms”, the Portroe man appealed to Tipperary fans to turn out in force for the team’s next outing.

He recalled: “When (Henry) Shefflin came on last year, I thought the roof was going to lift off the stand (at Nowlan Park), with the roar.

“There needs to be a galvanising in this county and it’s telling when Limerick can come here, to our fortress, and outnumber us three to two.

“If I was on the sideline, or on the pitch, I’d like to know that the crowd is behind me, shouting for me.”

Sheedy stressed: “We can build from here and move on. I am appealing to you all to challenge your clubmates and get them out to support their county.

“Why won’t you support your county? All the other counties are.

“We need to show these lads we are behind them and we have total belief in them. I think they deserve that.”

Sheedy is spearheading a local fundraising committee, Team Tipperary GAA, which is seeking to raise €40,000 at a Race Day in Galway on Monday, July 28.

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