The Mayo News is reporting today that Dr Cian O’Neill, who recently stepped down from his role as physical trainer with the Tipperary senior hurling panel, is expected to be ratified as a new member of James Horan’s backroom team when the County Board meets next Monday evening. James has been on the hunt for a new coach since Martin Connolly and Paul Jordan resigned a few weeks back.
Speaking to the Irish Examiner, O’Neill said while he enjoyed his time with the Tipp hurlers, football is his real passion and that it was his desire to move back into football coaching which led to his decision to quit his role with the Stone Throwers.
O’Neill is orginally from Moorefield in Kildare but is based in Limerick where he is Course Director for the BSc. Physical Education programme at UL. His work with Tipp was, by all accounts, highly regarded and the way that the Premier lads were able to match Kilkenny’s manic intensity levels over the last few years has been largely put down to the conditioning programme that he oversaw. As such, O’Neill definitely sounds like a superb addition to James Horan’s team and hopefully his appointment will help to propel our fortunes further upwards in 2012.