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Saturday 30 August 2014

Ryan must be given time at Kildare

Ger Gilroy

Published 25/06/2014 | 02:30

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Jason Ryan

When the county clubs conspired to shoot Kildare in the foot by sacking Kieran McGeeney last year, it didn't bode well.

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As a Kildare man, I argued at the time that the best course of action was to stick to the plan – sometimes the brave thing is to do nothing and trust that hard work and perseverance will pay off. McGeeney had brought Jason Ryan into his back-room team in 2013 and Kildare were very fortunate that he was convinced to take the job. It meant that, accidentally, we had some consistency.

It meant the hard work the players had done, the professionalism established over half a decade, could all be part of an evolving story and the corporate knowledge built up about players and tactics didn't walk out the door entirely.

So now that Kildare have Ryan, they need to commit to him and give him time to bring this exciting new group of players through. It may not mean a Leinster final appearance this season and, given the vagaries of the qualifier draw, it could mean two more games for Kildare, but Ryan is a brilliant young manager and he's our guy now. You don't get lucky a third time.

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