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Ryan turns down offer to manage Waterford

FORMER Wexford manager Jason Ryan has refused an approach to take over Waterford's footballers.

A schoolteacher based in Dungarvan, Ryan has just stepped down after five years in charge of Wexford, who he led to two Leinster finals and an All-Ireland semi-final.

Waterford chairman Tom Cunningham confirmed that he had approached Ryan -- who played football for the Deise -- about filling the vacancy left by John Owens but that Ryan is not interested in the position at present.

There was speculation this time last year that Ryan might take over the Waterford senior hurling team after Davy Fitzgerald stepped down, but he stayed on with Wexford.

Elsewhere, Waterford man Kevin Ryan is set to take charge of the Antrim hurlers. Ryan's tenure with Carlow until this summer coincided with in an improvement in the Barrowsiders' fortunes.

They won promotion to Division 1B of the Allianz League, two Christy Ring Cups and were reinstated to the Leinster Hurling Championship, where they lost to Laois this summer before losing to Wexford in the qualifiers.

Irish Independent