Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ryan stays at Longford but Offaly eye change

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Glenn Ryan is back at the helm as Longford manager after being re-appointed for another year.

But the future of Tom Cribbin as Offaly manager is in doubt as the Clane native weighs up his options after completing three years in charge. Cribbin has stated he will make his intentions known in the next couple of days.

Officially his term is at an end so it's a matter of letting the county board know if he wants to be considered for an extension. The feeling is, however, that Offaly will join Wicklow in the search for a new senior team manager.

Cribbin's Offaly have performed badly in the Leinster championship with defeats to Kildare, Meath and Wexford in successive years.

But they have prospered better in the qualifiers and this year ended Monaghan's championship interest in Tullamore.

Ryan initially served a two-year term, which was extended by just one more year at the end of the 2010 championship. But after guiding Longford to the Division 4 league title and following that up with decent championship performances against Laois, Cavan and Tyrone, his ratification was seen as a formality.

"Glenn will managing us in 2012. He has already been ratified," said Longford chairman Pat Cahill.

"We've had a very good season and we would like to think we can build on that with Glenn in charge again."

Pat Flanagan's future in Westmeath will be decided at the August meeting of the county board. Flanagan has a year left to go of a two-year arrangement but, after failing to win a championship game for the first time in 15 years, approval for that further year could be up for discussion.

So far, Mick O'Dwyer is the only football manager to confirm his departure, after five years with Wicklow. Ryan and Louth's Peter Fitzpatrick apart, another 17 managers out of the championship have yet to make their intentions known or have yet to be ratified.

Waterford's John Owens has expressed an interest in staying on for a further year.

Irish Independent

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