Ryan keen to stay on as Wexford manager
Published 04/10/2011 | 05:00
Jason Ryan will meet with Wexford officials later today to firm up plans for a fifth year in charge of the county's football team.
The meeting comes against the backdrop of a link between Ryan and the vacant Waterford hurling management position.
But Ryan indicated yesterday that if his meeting with Wexford officials goes well he will be remaining on as Model boss.
Waterford native Ryan had been flagged as a potential hurling manager of his own county with former Kilkenny goalkeeper James McGarry as coach, but that link seems to have lost momentum.
"I'm meeting with Wexford officials and hopefully we can sort something out in the coming days," said Ryan.
Ryan has twice brought Wexford to Leinster finals -- they were somewhat unfortunate to lose to Dublin in this year's provincial decider.
Prior to the Leinster final, Ryan expressed a keen desire to remain on as Wexford manager as long as domestic life allowed him to do so.
Meanwhile, Louth manager Peter Fitzpatrick has said there is "strong interest" in the two vacancies that have arisen in his back-room team since the departure of Armagh duo Peter McDonnell and Martin McQuillan.
Former Armagh manager McDonnell and McQuillan had been with Fitzpatrick for two years but parted company last week.
"I'm speaking to four or five different people from inside and outside the county about replacing them. I hope to have it wrapped up inside the next two weeks," said Fitzpatrick.
He has vowed to be "more organised" in 2012, which is the last year of the three-year term he was given in 2009.
His plans include the appointment of a specialised strength and conditioning coach, which they didn't carry over the last two years.
"We're in Division 2 of the league next year, it's a tougher environment and in many people's eyes we'd be among the favourites to go back down. So I have to be more organised," he said.
In Fermanagh, former Armagh midfielder Jarlath Burns will present the findings of his review of the inter-county season to Fermanagh County Board later this week.
Burns was asked by the board to conduct the end-of-season review to determine the future of manager John O'Neill, after players split from the squad in a row over preparations.