Wednesday 19 June 2019

John Mullane denies role in Michael Ryan's departure

John Mullane
John Mullane
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Financial pressures look set to dictate that Waterford will choose a successor for Michael Ryan from within the county in the weeks ahead.

Ryan's rejection by the players for a further term has led to suggestions by some in the county that elements of the 2012 squad were behind the move.

But retired star John Mullane has hit out strongly at any perception that he was influential in blocking Ryan from a further term.

Mullane accepted that his proposal earlier this year for former Cork goalkeeper Donal Og Cusack for the role at some stage in the future "didn't help", a proposal he reiterated in this newspaper yesterday.

But writing in today's Irish Independent, Mullane said people in the Waterford were "putting two and two together and getting seven".

Mullane said he has called Ryan to assure him that none of the 2012 squad had anything to do with the heave.

"I felt that it was the best thing to do, the honourable thing, and I certainly wasn't having my name attached to any heave," he said.

Mullane said he would not be returning to inter-county hurling under any circumstances.

Waterford chairman Tom Cunningham confirmed yesterday that Ryan would probably have been the County Board's preferred choice when the issue was to be discussed at the September meeting.

Among the front-runners for the job are Derek McGrath, a brother-in-law of Mullane and his club coach at county champions De La Salle, while Ken McGrath's name will also feature.

Waterford's perilous financial situation is likely to dictate that paying the expenses of an outside manager will be beyond them.

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