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Antrim panel back Ryan

Published 15/04/2015 | 02:30

Kevin Ryan, Antrim manager
Kevin Ryan, Antrim manager

Under-pressure Antrim hurling boss Kevin Ryan has received the public backing of his players in the wake of their shock relegation to Division 2A of the NHL.

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Members of the squad met on Monday night following their one-point loss to Kerry in Sunday's promotion/relegation play-off, and came out with a statement expressing their full support for the Waterford native.

"We the Antrim senior hurling panel fully support our manager Kevin Ryan," they said.

The players also accepted blame for a Division 1B campaign that resulted in seven straight defeats. The Saffrons have only won one league game during Ryan's three-year tenure.

"We take full responsibility for our recent performances. Our relegation has hurt no-one more than this group of players," they added.

"We will strive to improve and move forward as proud Antrim hurlers towards championship."

Antrim chairman Jim Murray also endorsed a decision made by the board executive that they fully support the hurling management team.

Irish Independent

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