Ryan confirmed as Waterford senior hurling manager

Michael Ryan has been ratified as the new Waterford senior hurling manager. His appointment was confirmed at a specially-convened County Board meeting last night.

Ryan is the first Waterford native to land the job since Tony Mansfield 15 years ago.

The Fourmilewater clubman, who succeeds the departed Davy Fitzgerald, has been given a two-year term.

His selectors will be Nicky Cashin and Br Philip Ryan and former Kerry football trainer Pat Flanagan will look after the Déise squad's physical training.

Ryan had successful stints managing the Waterford and Ballymacarby ladies football sides to a glut of All-Ireland titles in the 1980s and 1990s.

He was a selector under Justin McCarthy when Waterford were National League and Munster SHC champions in 2007, and managed De La Salle to a Munster Club SHC title last year.

Addressing delegates at last night's meeting, Ryan said: "What I can pledge is that I, along with the other members of my management team, will leave no stone unturned to take this Waterford team onto the next level.

"This is not my team, it is the whole county's team and I want us to push forward now as a unified and united force.

"Let us all now pull together so that we can ace the huge challenges that next year will bring. We, on the management side, are absolutely determined to give it our very best shot."

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