Waterford GAA chiefs last night began interviewing candidates to manage the county senior hurlers in 2011.
A high-powered committee will this week hear from outgoing boss Davy Fitzgerald, former Kilkenny star Eddie O’Connor, ex-Carlow and Mount Sion manager Jim Greene and the current De La Salle boss Michael Ryan.
Ryan, who has enjoyed unparalleled success with the county’s ladies footballers, predicts a bright future for Waterford hurling if the up-and-coming talent is ‘handled properly’.
Ryan, who met with officials last night, explained his reasons for entering the race.
"The position is vacant and I felt that the time is now right. I have been involved with so many different teams in Waterford and in other counties that it was inevitable I would show an interest in the job as senior manager."
When asked about his objectives if appointed he replied: "Like any manager in intercounty GAA the objective is to win an All-Ireland.
"I have no doubt that there is a bright future in Waterford with a lot of young players who have come through the schools and the minors.
"But that success will only come if they are handled properly."