Ryan could be set to link up with Peadar Healy’s new Cork men’s senior set-up, a move that would leave the ladies senior football team with a massive void to fill.
Ryan has presided over 10 All-Ireland senior football crowns since 2005 and it had been expected he would remain in charge for the 2016 campaign.
According to reports, however, Healy has pinpointed Ryan for a role as selector and coach in his new regime.
Cork Ladies Gaelic Football Association secretary Marion Crowley said last night: “The official word from Cork ladies football and I can honestly say, is that we have no confirmation one way or the other from Eamonn Ryan.
“It’s a bolt out of the blue for us, new information. The first time we saw it was on the paper this morning.”
Crowley explained that Ryan has not yet made his intentions clear for next year – but would be due to do so around this time.
She added: “He has said, one way or the other, that would be standard. He’d come back to us around this time, one way or the other.”
Losing Ryan would make the job for his successor an almost impossible task, given the incredible success achieved by the Cork ladies over the past decade.
This year alone, Cork won the league title for a third successive year and despite losing to Kerry in the Munster decider, the Rebels recovered to win another All-Ireland.
Crowley admitted: “He would be a great loss, he’s done so much for Cork ladies football.
“There are no words to describe what he has done for ladies football in general, his ethos and his example are things to aspire to. It would be a great loss but we’re just waiting for him to confirm one way or the other what’s happening.
“He hasn’t been in contact, not that I’m aware of, but it’s possible he might have been in contact privately.”
Crowley added: “It’s very difficult for me to comment, as I’m new to the job, but I certainly was surprised when I heard the news.
“I haven’t been speaking to that many people since.”
Shane Ronayne, who has worked alongside Ryan in recent times, would be viewed as a leading contender to take over should news of the manager’s departure be confirmed.
Crowley said: “We’ll just have to wait for his (Ryan’s) decision.
“The first league match is at the end of January, looking at the schedule, and we would have to work on finding somebody new.”
Roco face Ardscoil Rís
The draw for the Dr Harty Cup quarter-finals has thrown up a repeat of one of last year’s semi-finals as Ardscoil Rís will face St Francis College, Rochestown.
Ardscoil, champions in 2010, 2011 and 2014, came through their group with a 100% record. To stay on course for a fourth title, they must reverse the result of the semi-final clash last January, when Rochestown reached their first final.
Rochestown are one of three Cork schools in the last eight and the other two, CBC and St Colman’s, will face each other. The other games see Our Lady’s Templemore meet Castletroy College while Nenagh CBS are up against De La Salle of Waterford.
In the Corn Uí Mhuirí, reigning champions Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne have been handed a Kerry derby against St Brendan’s College.
Rochestown, who were the beaten finalists last year, face Clonakilty CC while Balincollig’s Coláiste Choilm meet CBS HS Clonmel.
The other tie sees Pobalscoil Sliabh Luachra up against St Flannan’s of Ennis.
Dr Harty Cup quarter-finals (January 13): A) Ardscoil Rís v St Francis College Rochestown, B) CBC Cork v St Colman’s College Fermoy, C) Our Lady’s Secondary School Templemore v Castletroy College, D) Nenagh CBS v DLS Waterford; Semi-finals: A v B, C v D.
Corn UÍ Mhuirí quarter-finals (January 20): PS Sliabh Luachra v St Flannan’s Ennis, B) St Brendan’s Killarney v PS Chorca Dhuibhne, C) St Francis College Rochestown v Clonakilty CC, D) Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig v CBS HS Clonmel; Semi-finals: A v B, C v D.