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Michael Ryan Breaks Silence With Appearance On Tipp FM

Michael Ryan Breaks Silence With Appearance On Tipp FM
By PJ Browne
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The media ban imposed by Tipperary hurling manager Michael Ryan following Sunday's defeat to Limerick in their opening game of the Munster Championship came to an early end on Tuesday morning.

The Tipp PRO had informed on Sunday that Ryan would not be speaking to the media until after the conclusion of the new round robin provincial format next month.

On Tuesday morning, Ryan spoke to Tipp FM.

"The reason why I didn't speak to the media on Sunday immediately after the match was a decision we had taken prior to the campaign," said Ryan.

"We took that decision in the light of the fact that we were facing four Sundays in a row. Anything that is a distraction to our hurling is not welcome.


"What we don't do is factor in that we're going to lose a match. We're always very positive about our upcoming games but in the aftermath of the match, and after a loss, we should have reviewed that. "

Tipperary player Noel McGrath is scheduled to be available for interview at a media event for Centra on Thursday. It is possible Ryan did not want to leave McGrath having to answer questions regarding the media ban.


Ryan said that one of his regrets emerging from Sunday was that he did not get a chance to acknowledge the performance of Limerick.

We make a lot of decisions and we communicate what we think we need to communicate, or should communicate, but that was one of our internal decisions.

We're playing week after week after week and our focus is on our team.

However I do acknowledge that there was a void created and hence why I'm on this morning and one of the reasons to come out is to acknowledge our opponents Limerick.

It's effectively the purpose of my call this morning. Number one, our decision should have been reviewed and number two, of course we needed to acknowledge Limerick. I certainly regretted that. Limerick were excellent and we turn to our next challenge against Cork in five days.

Ryan added that he will speak to the media following this weekend's game against Cork - that is, if they want to speak with him.


You can listen to Michael Ryan's appearance on Tipp FM below.

Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile


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