Wednesday 25 April 2018

Ryan sets sights on fifth year with Longford

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Glenn Ryan is ready to commit to managing the Longford football team for at least another season.

A County Board meeting on Monday night next is expected to hear a proposal for Ryan to continue on for a fifth season after a productive 2012 that ended on a somewhat disappointing note with a qualifier defeat to Limerick, a match they were expected to win.

But he may have to plan a 2013 campaign without established attacker Brian Kavanagh, who is emigrating to the USA for a year.

Kavanagh, a Dublin-based school teacher who plays his club football with Kilmacud Crokes, has planned to take a year out and spend time in the States.

Ryan has been mentioned as a possible replacement in his native county for Kieran McGeeney, who still has one more season left on his second three-year agreement with Kildare County Board.

But his anticipated commitment to Longford will remove any speculation about a Kildare switch.

Ryan's Longford had a very good season with promotion to Division 2 topped by victory in the Division 3 league final.

They beat Laois in the Leinster championship first round and brought Wexford to a replay in the quarter-final and were somewhat unlucky to lose out.

They picked up in the first round qualifiers with a win over Derry, but the defeat to Limerick, when they were 1/4 favourites, rocked them.

Ryan is willing to continue the project, however, which has seen them jump two league divisions in two years.

The former Kildare captain is currently the fourth-longest serving inter-county manager behind Mickey Harte, who has 10 years done with Tyrone and McGeeney and Wexford's Jason Ryan, who have completed or are in their fifth years with Wexford and Kildare.

Antrim's Liam Bradley has also four years completed there, but the speculation is that he won't continue on.

Irish Independent

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