Antrim panel back Ryan
Under-pressure Antrim hurling boss Kevin Ryan has received the public backing of his players in the wake of their shock relegation to Division 2A of the NHL.
Members of the squad met on Monday night following their one-point loss to Kerry in Sunday's promotion/relegation play-off, and came out with a statement expressing their full support for the Waterford native.
"We the Antrim senior hurling panel fully support our manager Kevin Ryan," they said.
The players also accepted blame for a Division 1B campaign that resulted in seven straight defeats. The Saffrons have only won one league game during Ryan's three-year tenure.
"We take full responsibility for our recent performances. Our relegation has hurt no-one more than this group of players," they added.
"We will strive to improve and move forward as proud Antrim hurlers towards championship."
Antrim chairman Jim Murray also endorsed a decision made by the board executive that they fully support the hurling management team.