KILDARE selector Jason Ryan is likely to be unveiled as the county’s new senior football manager later this week.
The former Wexford boss joined the Kildare backroom team last year and after Kieran McGeeney’s departure as manager in September, Ryan is now the firm favourite to take over.
Former Kerry manager Jack O’Connor, who met with Kildare GAA Chairman John McMahon last week, was due to be unveiled as the new Kerry minor football manager on Monday night (30 September).
That leaves the way clear for Ryan’s appointment as manager and county chairman McMahon postponed a scheduled county board meeting tonight (1 October) as he prepares to reveal the county’s new senior manager later in the week.
However McMahon has yet to finalise a deal with Ryan, who is still sore about the way in which McGeeney was voted out as manager.
“I was very disappointed not to the get the opportunity to work with that group of players with the same managment team,” said Ryan on Monday. “From my point of view, there is not a lot of closure, I just don’t feel that things have come to an end but that’s the end of last season and that feeling doesn’t go away until a new season,” he said.
Former Kildare under-21 manager Glenn Ryan looked to be pole position to replace McGeeney after he met with chairman John McMahon last Monday (23 September) but the all-star centre-back ruled himself out of the race during the week.
Kildare Chairman John McMahon has not yet made any public comment on the new manager and at a management committee meeting last week, he told fellow officers that a ‘select committee’ was in place to find the next manager. However he gave no indication at that meeting as to who was on the committee or who had been approached about the job.
The regular, monthly county board meeting – which was scheduled to take place tonight (1 October) – will now take place next Tuesday (8 October), where it’s expected that the new manager will be ratified provided McMahon can finalise a deal this week.