Michael Ryan was happy with his Tipperary team's performance against Clare today but their defeat means they make their exit from this year's Munster and All-Ireland SHC permutations.
Speaking to RTE Sport shortly after the Premier County's 1-21 to 1-23 loss in Ennis, Ryan remarked: "I'm certainly not going to serve up any excuses; we had four games and over four games the cream comes to the top. We didn't come to the top.
"Performance-wise today was the only day we were happy with the four games we played.
"It certainly wasn't part of the script we were writing ourselves, but unfortunately we couldn't get Cork, Waterford, Clare and Limerick to read our script.
"We'll let this pass, clearly we're very disappointed, but you're promised nothing in life. It won't dampen down our love for hurling."
The 2016 All-Ireland winning boss added: "We'll take time to consider what our best options are and ultimately what's best for Tipperary hurling, because that's what's most important."