There are plenty of Tipperary hurling supporters licking their wounds after a painful Munster Championship. The Premier endured a campaign without a single win and Colm Bonnar inevitably bore the brunt.
Although some have moved to defend the Cashel man - lamenting the issues on injuries and retirements - a new age is inevitably upon us.
That age begins with Liam Cahill and he has wasted no time in solidifying his intentions.
Prior to last weekend's county hurling championship meetings, Cahill confirmed the three men that would complete his management team - alongside himself and coach Michael Bevans.
Wasting no time in assembling this structure can surely signal positive intentions for the County and an absolute desire for the return of success to the loyal supporters.
— Tipperary GAA (@TipperaryGAA) July 23, 2022
Padraic Maher was the definition of an outstanding servant to Tipperary hurling as a player and will now continue that legacy on the sidelines.
The Thurles Sarsfield’s clubman made a total of 60 championship appearances, winning 3 All Ireland senior hurling titles and 6 All Star awards. Maher retired from playing for both club and county earlier this year on medical advice.
Declan Laffan has proven himself to be a top-class manager and coach at club level and has guided his native parish to numerous county titles at various levels. In 2013 he was at the helm when the Mid Tipperary club claimed an historic double, winning the Tipperary senior hurling and football championships becoming the first ever Tipperary club to do so.
Laffan is currently the manager of Laois side Clough Ballacolla, who he has guided to county senior hurling success in 2020 and 2021.
Rounding off the trio is Clonoulty Rossmore’s TJ Ryan.
He previously worked as a selector with Cahill at minor, under 20 and under 21 level and was an integral part of a management team that was responsible for guiding Tipperary to several Munster and All Ireland titles in those grades.
He'll bring a vast amount of experience and knowledge to the Tipperary senior hurling set up.
The Tipperary senior hurling management team appointments will now go to the next county committee meeting for final ratification.