Jason Ryan steps down as Kildare football manager
Jason Ryan has stepped down as Kildare football manager after it became apparent that he didn’t have the full support of the county’s executive committee to continue for a third year.
Ryan had met Kildare officials in recent weeks to confirm his interest in continuing on in 2016.
But with the executive meeting last night to discuss the issue of senior management amidst a mood for change in the county, Ryan took the opportunity to part company.
“It is with regret that I wish to resign from my position as Kildare Senior Football Manager. It is not a decision that I have taken lightly. I have been involved in intercounty management since October 2007 and the challenges and time requirements of the job have taken their toll.
In a statement released tonight, Ryan said: "I wish to thank the Kildare county board for giving me the opportunity to work as manager for the last two seasons and to Kieran McGeeney for giving me the opportunity to work with him as selector in 2013. It has been a privilege.
"I would like to thank the players for their hard work and dedication to Kildare. Keep the faith men!
"Above all I would like to thank the wonderful people who made up our entire backroom team. Over the last two years their honesty, hard work, commitment and passion for Kildare football cannot be overstated.
"During my three years in Kildare I have learned a great deal and have had some wonderful experiences. In particular the scenes that I experienced at the end of game against Cork will remain with me for the rest of my life.
"Go n-éirí an bóthar libh,"
Ryan, who could now be a target for Tipperary, took over from Kieran McGeeney two years ago but Kildare dropped from Division 1 to Division 3 in consecutive seasons and lost heavily to Dublin and Kerry in Croke Park this summer, conceding 12 goals between both games. They did, however, beat Cork in the qualifiers.
Former captain Glen Ryan will command strong local support and may be interested but current Kerry selector and strength and conditioning coach Cian O’Neill is likely to be high on the wanted list.
Cork-based O’Neill, who is originally from Newbridge, said in an interview two years ago that he would be interested in being an inter-county manager in his own right at some stage. He did not rule out a future with Kildare. With Kerry on the crest of a football wave, however, it would be difficult for him to pull away from that environment.