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Ryan's decision to stay on Wexford line a 'huge boost' for 2012 -- Brosnan

Published 05/10/2011 | 05:00

Ben Brosnan has welcomed Jason Ryan's commitment to remain on as Wexford football manager for another year.

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After being linked with the vacant Waterford hurling job, Ryan has signaled his intention to spend a fifth year with Wexford after meeting with officials in the county yesterday.

As Wexford's only All Star nomination and winner of the 'Footballer of the Month' for May, Brosnan admitted he was concerned Ryan might switch to Waterford with ex-Kilkenny 'keeper James McGarry as coach.

"It did cross my mind because the way things have gone, most counties now have a manager and a coach," he said.

"When James McGarry's name was mentioned as well and with Jason being close to home he might have went but I am delighted he has decided to stay.

"If he didn't stay it could have taken us two years back. We would be looking for a manager and, who knows, he might not have got on as well with the players as Jason has. He knows every player, it is a huge boost."

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"He could take up the hurling as well. His management and preparation before matches -- I have never witnessed anything like it before in any manager I have seen. His attention to detail is unbelievable. His man-management skills are like nothing I have ever seen before.

"He could ring you at midnight and have a conversation with you for an hour just to talk about football and see how you are. He does the same to everyone."

Brosnan acknowledged that the last time Wexford reached a Leinster final they followed it up with a poor year in 2009.

"That will be addressed when we get back together for a meeting," he said. "Everyone in Wexford feels there is a Leinster title in us. We did well to get there this year and then the way we lost to Dublin was disappointing.

"Dublin got two goals within five minutes and that would bury anyone. It was difficult to get back from that and then Limerick beat us. Everyone will be hurting from that match and for next year it will be a motivation."

Brosnan reflected on the controversy that engulfed Wexford after their championship exit to Limerick and admitted that goalkeeper Anthony Masterson was probably the wrong choice to do an interview so soon after the match.

Masterson had to apologise for comments made in the heat of the moment about referee Derek Fahy, who awarded a late free and then allowed the disputed point from Ian Ryan that followed to stand.

"He (Masterson) is probably the worst person to get after a match because he wears his heart on his sleeve," said Brosnan.

Irish Independent

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