DUBLIN selector Richard Stakelum has ruled himself out of the running to succeed Liam Sheedy as Tipperary senior hurling team manager.
Stakelum admitted that he was flattered to be linked with the “incredible” job in his native county, but confirmed that he is committed to working alongside Anthony Daly in Dublin for the next two years.
Stakelum, however, insisted that Tipperary’s 2001 All-Ireland-winning captain Tommy Dunne must play a role in the new management team being assembled to replace Sheedy, Eamon O’Shea and Michael Ryan.
Stakelum believes that Dunne’s potential new role should be as team coach, a position which has seen the Toomevara man enjoy great success with the county’s minors and U-21s.
And Stakelum, who captained Tipperary to Munster SHC glory in 1987, when he famously declared that “the famine is over,” has urged County Board officials to approach former team-mate Ken Hogan about the top job.
Former senior boss Hogan guided Tipperary to All-Ireland
U-21 success this year, with Dunne operating as coach, but appeared to immediately rule himself out of contention for a return to the senior post after Sheedy resigned.
Stakelum said: “I know Ken for a long number of years and he’s a man of incredible integrity. It was quite interesting to see Ken make the call very early and very quickly when he said that he had been there and worn the T-shirt.
“But somebody of his stature and experience would be a very good choice along with Tommy. I’d be surprised if they (County Board) don’t have a chat with Ken. If I was in their shoes, I would make soundings.”
Ruling out a move for the position himself, Stakelum said: “It would be an incredible job to take on, but I’m committed to working with Dublin. It’s a non-runner.
“Tommy Dunne’s name has been mentioned, but I think you need somebody with Tommy who is a bit older. I think that Tommy has to be in the mix somewhere, though.
“Somebody with Tommy, who has a bit more experience in management, in business and sport, would be a very potent mix.”
– Jackie Cahill