Wednesday 17 January 2018

Ryan tipped for Kildare coaching role

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

KILDARE football boss Kieran McGeeney will finally unveil his new back-room team tomorrow, amid continuing speculation that former Wexford boss Jason Ryan is about to join him.

The Lilywhites are among those counties entitled to resume collective training tomorrow under the GAA's new staggered return system.

McGeeney has two vacancies to fill as selector Niall Carew stepped down this winter (and has since taken over as Waterford senior manager) and former Armagh player John Rafferty, who was the team's trainer last year, has also left.

Armagh native McGeeney has managed to keep the identity of their replacements a tightly guarded secret so far, and even his players are still in the dark.

But they have been informed that the identity of their new selectors will finally be unveiled to them at tomorrow's season-opening training session.

Earlier this week McGeeney's former Armagh team-mate Oisin McConville quashed rumours that he was about to join the Lilies, but Ryan remains hotly tipped to do so.

The Dungarvan-based schoolteacher was a relative unknown when he took over the Wexford senior footballers five years ago but he brought them to two Leinster finals and an All-Ireland quarter-final, and while he said he was not interested in managing a team this year he has indicated that he would be interested in working as a team coach.

Dublin, Laois, Down, Kerry and Cork's footballers are also entitled to restart collective training tomorrow, as are the Cork and Tipperary hurlers.

Irish Independent

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