Monday 5 December 2016

Ryan to stay at Longford helm for one more year

Published 21/07/2010 | 05:00

Glenn Ryan is to remain on as Longford football manager for another season. Ryan was approved on Monday night for an extension, having managed the county for the last two seasons.

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Elsewhere, Jim McGuinness looks certain to succeed John Joe Doherty as Donegal manager. The deadline for nominations was midnight on Monday and McGuinness was the sole candidate submitted to the county board. The Donegal County Board will meet next Monday night in Ballybofey and McGuinness' appointment could be ratified then.

It is understood that McGuinness is keen to retain his U-21 role, which he operated so successfully this season. The Glenties man guided the county to this year's Ulster U-21 title before they suffered an agonising defeat to Dublin in the All-Ireland decider.

Meanwhile, Louth's Brian Donnelly says he would still recommend the AFL experience even though it didn't work out for him. Donnelly, who turns 22 today, flies back to Ireland tomorrow and faces six months on the sidelines following a shoulder reconstruction.

A former U-17 International Rules star, Donnelly became Adelaide's first international recruit two years ago but was unable to make the breakthrough at senior level.

"I've probably been thinking about (going home) since I came over here," he admitted. "I want to play Gaelic at home and homesickness is a bit of a factor too."

Irish Independent

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