Friday 20 October 2017

Ryan row escalates in Limerick

Former Limerick manager Tom Ryan
Former Limerick manager Tom Ryan

Jackie Cahill

LAST night's meeting of the Limerick County Board was sensationally abandoned after some clubs pushed for a vote to be taken to install Tom Ryan as the county's new intermediate team manager.

At an executive meeting on Monday evening, Limerick officials had blocked former senior team manager Ryan's proposed return to an inter-county post in his native county.

After Ryan subsequently expressed shock and disappointment, the matter escalated further last night.

Shannonside top brass stood firm on their original decision that Ryan, who managed Limerick to the 1994 and '96 All-Ireland senior finals, would not be heading up a new intermediate management team.

Ballybrown man Ryan had lined up former Limerick players Jimmy Carroll, Don Flynn and Pat Howard to work alongside him, but this was vetoed by the top table.

There was heated debate on the issue and some clubs attempted to push through a vote.

The meeting was eventually adjourned for one week after an hour of discussion ultimately resulted in stalemate.

It is understood that one member of the Limerick executive stormed out of the meeting after alleging that a delegate had laughed at him.

Ryan was, however, confirmed as one of Ciaran Carey's U-21 selectors.

Carey, captain when he scored a famous point in 1996 to end Clare's reign as All-Ireland senior champions, is returning for a second spell in charge of the U-21s.

Patrickswell clubman Carey will be assisted by another former All Star, Mark Foley, as well as Liam O'Donoghue and Ryan.

Former Limerick senior player Diamuid Sheehy was ratified as new manager of the county's U-21 footballers, with Moss McCarthy, Kieran Dore and Brian O'Connell acting as his selectors.

Meanwhile, Enda Williams has rejoined the Longford football squad after spending a year with Leitrim.

Irish Independent

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