Tuesday 21 November 2017

Lilywhite role 'perfect fit' for Ryan

Daragh O Conchuir

Jason Ryan has missed being involved at inter-county level and believes that his new role as coach/selector with Kildare is a perfect fit in that it will not place anything like the demands on his time that being manager of Wexford did.

After weeks of speculation, Ryan has been confirmed as Kieran McGeeney's final selector. The 36-year-old met with Kildare chairman John McMahon, McGeeney and selector Damien Hendy ahead of the Lilywhites' first collective training session of the year.

Hendy, a former player and highly rated coach, came on board in October. Ryan's appointment is a significant one though as McGeeney looks to shake things up. "I hadn't anticipated being involved with a team this year but as time has gone by, I have missed being involved," said Ryan, still hobbling after surgery to cruciate knee ligament injury suffered last August.

Ryan said not being in the hot seat would give him much more time with his young family than had been possible in recent years.

"I've done it a bit backwards," he conceded. "I managed a team before I'd coached a team and I'm coaching a team after managing. It fits for me at the moment. I'm involved in training, I'm involved in matches and I do my homework and that's it.

"I can look forward to just studying opposition, studying our tactics and figuring out the best way that maybe we can play and then make my suggestions."

The prospect of crossing swords with his former charges almost immediately in the O'Byrne Cup is "not pleasant" but he doesn't feel he owes Wexford anything, having given them "all that I could" in five years.

Irish Independent

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