Sunday 22 October 2017

Race for Deise job hots up as Michael Ryan opts to withdraw

Michael Ryan has spoken of his frustration after learning about a players meeting which prompted his departure as Waterford manager
Michael Ryan has spoken of his frustration after learning about a players meeting which prompted his departure as Waterford manager
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Michael Ryan's withdrawal from the contest for the vacancy created by his decision to step down from the position of Waterford senior hurling manager in August– after a majority of players expressed a desire for change – has reduced the contenders to just two.

As expected, Ryan opted not to make himself available for interview, despite initially indicating that he would go forward again after receiving support from so many quarters.

Critically, however, an apparent absence of support from the dressing-room always made Ryan's return to the position unlikely.

Ryan has maintained that there were just 11 at the players meeting held on the morning of the All-Ireland minor semi-final win over Kilkenny.

Factors

However, when contacted yesterday to confirm his withdrawal from the race, Ryan said there had been other factors that helped him to reach his decision.

In the wake of DJ Carey moving to distance himself from the position, there are only two club nominations remaining – long time favourite Derek McGrath and this year's U-21 boss Peter Queally, who was also a selector under Davy Fitzgerald.

McGrath enjoyed tremendous success at schools level with De La Salle and also steered the club of the same name to Waterford championship success last year.

However, there was widespread speculation locally last night that the six-man Waterford sub-committee – which includes two of Queally's former playing colleagues, James Murray and Stephen Frampton – would propose at least one new candidate as they have the option to go outside those already nominated.

Irish Independent

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