Kearns calls time on Tipp reign

June 09, 2019

Liam Kearns as Tipperary manager. ©INPHO/Philip Magowan.

Liam Kearns has stepped down as Tipperary football manager after four years in charge.

The Tralee man, who previously managed Limerick and Laois, announced his departure after Tipp's All-Ireland SFC first round qualifier defeat to Down in Newry this afternoon. It followed a surprise Munster SFC first round exit at the hands of Limerick last month and relegation to Division 3 of the Allianz League in the spring.

While this season was a disappointment, Kearns enjoyed many great days with the Premier County, most notably in 2016 when he led them to the Munster final before embarking on a memorable backdoor run which culminated in an All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Mayo.

Kearns guided Tipp to an Allianz League Division 3 title in 2017, but their fortunes have nosedived since. His selectors Paul Fitzgerald and Shane Stapleton have also resigned.


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