Ryan in line for Limerick minor hurling job

Former senior selector Brian Ryan looks set to be appointed as the new Limerick minor hurling manager.

Former senior selector Brian Ryan looks set to be appointed as the new Limerick minor hurling manager.

The former Limerick senior hurling selector has been given the job ahead of Joe Quaid.

Ryan is to be proposed as the 2013 Limerick minor hurling manager at next Tuesday night’s monthly County Board meeting. The South Liberties man served as a selector with Justin McCarthy in Limerick in 2009 and 2010 and previous to that he was also involved in a Tom Ryan backroom team in the mid-90’s.

Ryan’s backroom team will include former Limerick and Offaly senior manager Eamonn Cregan as selector and 2011 Limerick senior coach Jerry Wallace as physical trainer.

Indeed Wallace is to be appointed as a new Director of Fitness to Limerick underage hurling. He is to oversee the physical preparation of all underage hurling teams from U-14 through to minor level. He won’t have an input at U-21 or senior level.

Brian Ryan and Cregan formed the Limerick U-17 management team this season. They beat Dublin last weekend in the Shield Final of the Eugene Carey Tournament in Mallow.

Cregan has been involved with next year’s age-group since U-14 level and Ryan joined the management team for 2012.

Howeve, once again the appointment of a Limerick minor hurling manager could be heading for controversy. Less than 12 months ago Shane Fitzgibbon was reappointed for a second year ahead of the management team that had just led the U-17 side to an All-Ireland tournament success.

Now it appears the appointment of the 2013 minor manager has again raised a few eyebrows.

The interviews for the minor position took place last Friday with Ryan and Joe Quaid both attending.

2011 Munster U-21 winning manager Leo O’Connor was nominated for the role but didn’t attend for interview.

On Monday the decision of the sub-committee became public with Ryan the candidate to be put before an executive meeting the following night. Following a vote, which wasn’t unanimous, it was decided that Ryan’s name would go before the clubs for ratification next Tuesday.

Joe Quaid, manager of the U-16 All-Ireland winning side last weekend, was asked to join Ryan’s back room team as a selector.

It is understood that the wish was for the remainder of Quaid’s underage management to remain on at U-17 level next season and then for them to rejoin forces at minor level in 2014. However, Quaid declined the offer.

As the County Board Coaching Officer Quaid will attend next Tuesday’s County Board meeting in Claughaun where he is expected to speak on the appointment of next year’s minor management.