Ryan's efforts recognised as Deise shop local
THE last time Waterford senior hurlers played in the championship under local management, they lost by three points to Tipperary in an all-ticket Munster quarter-final in Walsh Park in front of a 15,655 crowd.
Walsh Park doesn't host championship games anymore, while modern-day Tipperary-Waterford games would draw well over 30,000, even for an early round game. Changed times, but then it is 15 years since Waterford were last under local management (Tony Mansfield).
However, after a decade and a half of looking to Cork (Gerald and Justin McCarthy) and Clare (Davy Fitzgerald), Waterford have shopped local for a manager, opting for Michael Ryan.
He has served his time at all levels and deserves a chance to bring his philosophies to the county scene. Mind you, he faces a big task as nothing less than an All-Ireland win will be regarded as success by the supporters.