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Published: 00:47 | 10/7/16

TJ Ryan set to leave Limerick

TJ Ryan is set to step down as Limerick senior hurling manager next week following the Treaty County's qualifier defeat to Clare.

Ryan told reporters after the four-point defeat to Davy Fitzgerald's side at Semple Stadium that he will sleep on the decision, but feels he has taken the Treaty County as far he can.

Ryan guided Limerick to an All-Ireland semi-final appearance two years ago, in his first season as sole manager following a spell as joint boss alongside Donal O’Grady, but the Shannonsiders have seen their summer cut short at the qualifier stage this past two seasons.

"I’ve given three years of my life to this job. I’ve given every waking hour," he said.

"Anybody who’s ever been involved in a management team, anybody who’s ever been involved in inter-county setup, it takes huge time.

"It takes massive effort. It’s every day, every minute of every day, phone calls, trying to organise everything, trying to do it to the best of your ability for the county.

"I’ve given everything as a player and as a manager to Limerick hurling.

"I’ve brought it as far as I could. It wasn’t to be, it wasn’t good enough.

"Without making anything formal, I will probably do that during the week but I’ve taken it as far as I could.

"I’ve given it absolutely everything, I genuinely have. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, I’m very grateful to the people who have allowed me the opportunity.

"I’ve nothing but pride for the guys that played for me, the guys that gave everything.

"I’ll always thank them and I’ll be grateful for every single effort that everyone made. But for me personally, it just wasn’t good enough. I’ve no problem taking the flak for that."

Ryan signed a new three-year deal in 2014 after taking Limerick to the semi-finals, where they lost to eventual champions Kilkenny, but says he will take soundings during the week about whether to cut short his current contract a year ahead of schedule.

"I’ll sleep on it, think about it over the next day or two," he continued.

"Talk to the people involved and basically just come to a decision. Look what I’ve given it to it time wise for three years, I’ve enjoyed it, but it just wasn’t good enough."

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