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Saturday 18 November 2017

Ex-skipper Glenn Ryan out of running for Lilywhites job

Glenn Ryan pictured during his time as Longford manager
Glenn Ryan pictured during his time as Longford manager
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Glenn Ryan will not be making himself available to be the next Kildare football manager, the Irish Independent understands.

Ryan met with county chairman John McMahon on Monday morning, but it is believed that he is not a candidate to replace Kieran McGeeney.

The Leinster championship-winning captain in 1998 and 2000 was not offered the position at the meeting, which was a discussion on where exactly he stood in relation to the job.

He said that he didn't "know whether I would be or not" when asked about his potential interest. He has, of course, recently stepped down as Longford manager.

Kildare are hoping to put a proposal to the county board meeting on Tuesday night and Jason Ryan now appears to be the favourite.

The former Wexford boss linked up with McGeeney as a coach in 2013 after stepping down from his Model position, which he held for five years, and indicated that he was happy to be away from management and concentrating on coaching only.

Only recently he distanced himself from vacancies in a number of midland counties including Westmeath, who made an approach to him. But there is a feeling that he may now be the board executive's preferred choice.

Kildare has been divided since McGeeney's removal by a 29-28 vote at a board meeting earlier this month.

Meanwhile, former Tipperary goalkeeper Ken Hogan could emerge as a candidate for the vacant hurling manager jobs in Limerick and Offaly after stepping down as the Premier's U-21 manager. Tipp are also looking for a new minor boss after William Maher called time on his reign.

* DUBLIN fans get a chance to see their heroes in action again in this evening's 'GOAL Challenge' at Parnell Park (6.0 throw-in). The match, which is being held in association with Opt for Life, will see the new All-Ireland champions play an 'A v B' exhibition game, with admission €8 and children free.

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