Ryan takes Kildare exit door
Lilies manager steps down after mood for change grows
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," said the manager in a statement released by Kildare.
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 coach Cian O'Neill is likely to be high on the wanted list.
Cork-based O'Neill, 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.