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Ryan calls time on Slaney days

WEXFORD are on the lookout for a new football manager after Jason Ryan called time on his five-year reign last night.



It remains to be seen whether Ryan would be interested in another inter-county gig, but his services are sure to be coveted after he transformed Wexford's fortunes since his appointment in late 2007.

There has even been speculation of a possible link-up with his native Waterford, who are currently seeking a manager after John Owens' departure.

Ryan's first season, 2008, was certainly his best: Wexford gained league promotion from Division Three, reached their first Leinster final in 52 years and then, having endured a second half collapse against Dublin, recovered with victories over Down and Armagh to reach an All-Ireland semi-final.

Fortunes dipped in 2009 but, over the past three summers, Wexford have proven their provincial credentials by pushing Pat Gilroy's Dublin close to the brink. All three matches, including last year's Leinster final, were games that Wexford conceivably could have won. Already Kevin Kehoe has been touted as a candidate to replace Ryan.

KILDARE are still awaiting confirmation on whether Kieran McGeeney will definitely see out the last year of his second three-year term. There had been speculation that McGeeney's reappointment would be confirmed at last night's monthly board meeting. Instead, county board chairman John McMahon and the Armagh man will have an "imminent" meeting, but the issuing of a detailed breakdown on team expenses could pave the way for McGeeney to stay on.


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