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Ryan steps down as Offaly hurling boss

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Ryan steps down as Offaly hurling boss thumbnailKevin Ryan has stepped down after one season as Offaly senior hurling manager.

KEVIN Ryan has decided not to seek another term as Offaly senior hurling manager. The Waterford native lasted just one season in the job despite going on the record a number of times throughout the year to insist that the job was a multiple year project.

Ryan and his team maintained their status in Division 1B of the National League with a final day win over Kerry in Tralee while a win over Westmeath in the Leinster Championship was followed by heavy defeats against Galway and Waterford.

His decision not to seek another year is a surprise as he had already been planning on attending club games around the county over the Summer.

Ryan met with the players last Monday week and it is believed he got mixed vibes coming out of that meeting after he outlined his plans going forward.

A review committee was also put in place to review his position and the committee consisting of Tommy Byrne, Eamon Cusack, Pat Fleury, Martin Cashen and Brian Gavin met with Kevin Ryan, players reps and other relevant parties in the lead up to Ryan's decision.

Speaking on his decision not to go for another year, Ryan said, "After eight months in charge of the Offaly senior hurlers I have decided to not seek re-appointment for 2018. I feel my re-appointment (were it to happen) would be divisive and make progress for Offaly hurling extremely difficult.

"I believe an Offaly person with traditionalist values would best fill the needs of the senior hurlers and the hurling public. Thanks to those who welcomed and supported me in Offaly".

Offaly Chairman, Tommy Byrne thanked Kevin paying tribute to his professional approach to team preparation saying his commitment to his role was exemplary, he thanked Kevin and the people who formed his backroom team and wished them every success in all that they do and sincerely thanked each of them for the commitment, and service they have provided, to Offaly hurling.

Traditionally, there doesn't tend to be a County Board meeting in August meaning if that were to happen, the process of getting a new manager wouldn't kick off properly until the September meeting.

The job is not an attractive one at the moment with no shortage of on field and off field problems in the County.

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