Thursday 29 September 2016

Kildare board set to resist pressure to sack Jason Ryan

Published 07/04/2015 | 02:30

Kildare manager Jason Ryan is committed to seeing out his second year and trying to arrest his side's slide, and board officers are prepared to stick with him for now
Kildare manager Jason Ryan is committed to seeing out his second year and trying to arrest his side's slide, and board officers are prepared to stick with him for now

Jason Ryan's immediate future as Kildare football manager looks secure despite growing disgruntlement over their fall to Division 3.

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Back-to-back relegations for a county that reached five straight All-Ireland quarter-finals between 2008 and 2012 have caused alarm over the direction they are heading.

A county board meeting tonight is expected to discuss the collapse but board officers are likely to resist any pressure to seek a change of management at this stage of the season.

Morale has dipped in the county and in the dressing-room on the back of successive relegations, and with a likely Leinster semi-final date with Dublin at the end of June the summer challenge is steep.

But Ryan is committed to seeing out his second year and trying to arrest the slide, and board officers are prepared to stick with him for now.

Just over 18 months ago the board effectively sacked Kieran McGeeney as manager when clubs rejected a recommendation to approve him for a seventh year in charge by just one vote. Very few boards have moved against a manager in mid-season.

The most recent heave in 2012 failed spectacularly when Meath County Board's management committee recommendation to remove Seamus McEnaney backfired on them.

Irish Independent

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