Antrim look set to add a stellar name to their hurling backroom staff in the near future with the addition of former Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy.
The Irish News are reporting that the 2010 All-Ireland winner is set to link up with the Antrim management team on a loose basis for the 2018 season. Although they crushed Armagh in the Ulster final earlier this year under joint managers Terence McNaughton & Dominic McKinley they lost the Christy Ring Cup final to Carlow, denying them the chance to test themselves against the rest of the country and compete for the Liam McCarthy.
The report suggests that the 47-year-old Portroe man met with Antrim officials last week to discuss the arrangement, which would see Sheedy work with the current Saffron set-up once a week to improve the structures they have in place and to ready the panel for the Allianz Hurling League campaign.
Under the arrangement, the current personnel structure, along with Gary O’Kane and Neal Peden, will remain in place and Sheedy’s involvement would appear to be more of an advisory role. Nonetheless, his experience will be hugely beneficial to Antrim going forward.
Sheedy, a former player himself, took charge of the Premier County in 2007, leading them to Munster titles in 2008 and 2009 before delivering the All-Ireland SHC title in 2010 (their first in nearly a decade) with a comprehensive 4-17 to 1-18 victory against Kilkenny, before resigning shortly after.
Make sure to check out the latest episode of The 16th Man podcast, where we hear from Davy Fitzgerald, Michael Ryan and Donal Moloney after the quarter-finals, and chat to John Leahy about Tipperary.