Tipperary hurling manager Liam Sheedy has announced his retirement from management, in a statement issued by the county on Monday morning.
Sheedy returned to the Tipp management team in 2018 after previously managing the team up until 2010. He won two All-Irelands as a manager, nine years apart, most recently in 2019, as well as two Munster titles in his first run as Tipp manager.
In the statement released by Tipperary early on Monday, Sheedy explained his reasons for stepping away:
"When I returned towards the end of 2018 as Tipperary SH Manager, it was with the primary objective of Tipperary winning another All-Ireland SH championship. We did so in 2019 and having completed 3 years, I have decided that now is the right time for me to step away.
"I have enjoyed the 3 years immensely and even though none of us expected or wished for the heartache and disruption that Covid-19 caused, I am well aware that sport, even when it was without attendances, played a big part in lifting people’s spirits in the last 12 months," Sheedy's statement said.
"I could not have undertaken this role without the help and support of so many people. I want to sincerely thank my wonderful management and backroom teams. Eamon, Tommy, Darragh and Eoin were excellent in all that they did and their dedication was exemplary. I could not have asked for a better team around me.
"The players I worked with over the last 3 years are an incredible group. Their ability, attitude and commitment were inspiring. I want to thank them all very much and wish them the very best for the future.
"The Tipperary County Board officers, the Tipperary Supporters Club and Commercial Board, and our team sponsors, Teneo, provided constant top-class support and I am very grateful to them for all they did for the team and me.
"My wife Mags, and daughters Aisling and Gemma were, as always, totally supportive of me over the last 3 years and I want to say a big thank you to them and all my family for the invaluable encouragement they gave me at all times.
"I wish Tipperary well for the future, I have no doubt that they will enjoy many more successes."
The Tipperary County Board thanked Sheedy for his service at the county, and wished him well in his retirement.