Eamonn Ryan gets blessing of Ladies GAA Board to work with Cork men's team

Cork ladies PRO Pat Culloty insists there are “no hard feelings” following Eamonn Ryan’s decision to step down as senior football manager to join Peadar Healy with the men’s footballers.

Eamonn Ryan gets blessing of Ladies GAA Board to work with Cork men's team

News of the switch during the week had taken some in the county board by surprise.

On Saturday they released a statement in the wake of Ryan’s appointment being confirmed supporting the 10-time All-Ireland winner.

It read: “Eamonn Ryan has today been confirmed as a selector with the Cork GAA senior footballers for 2016 and will not be resuming his position as manager of the Cork senior ladies footballers.

"The Cork LGFA county board would like to thank Eamonn for his immense contribution to Cork ladies football over the past decade, when 10 All-Ireland senior titles were won, and to wish him the very best of luck in his new role.

"Eamonn’s achievements are unlikely ever to be matched.”

Culloty appreciated there was always a possibility Ryan would return to inter-county football management given the opportunity.

“We totally respect his decision to move on. Everybody wanted him to stay but he certainly owes Cork ladies football nothing.

"I think he said himself he wanted to give it one last round with the men’s.

"I’m old enough to remember when he was involved with the Cork senior footballers before. I think it’s totally understandable he wanted to give something else a try for awhile.

“There are no hard feelings in the county board with him, that’s for sure.”

The board will now begin the unenviable task of finding a replacement for Ryan, who Culloty accepts the chances of him being headhunted grew the more All-Ireland titles he enjoyed with the Cork ladies.

“He had been a coach long before he came to the ladies.

"He’d be well known in GAA circles 30 or 40 years’ more.

"He had a very successful run with the Cork seniors back in the early 1980s but definitely the ladies football has a higher profile than it ever did. It kept him in people’s minds..”

As revealed by the Irish Examiner on Thursday, Ryan’s appointment was confirmed on Cork’s official website on Saturday.

Ryan will be joined by Castletownbere’s Morgan O’Sullivan and Eoin O’Neill of Aghada.

Healy is putting the final touches to the remainder of his backroom team with Paudie Kissane (Clyda Rovers) as strength and conditioning coach and Conor McCarthy (O’Donovan Rossa) as performance coach already confirmed.

A number of Cork GAA figures paid tribute to Glenville-Watergrasshill man Ryan on social media.

Yesterday, Briege Corkery retweeted posts honouring Ryan’s achievements with the team. Former Cork camogie captain Anna Geary tweeted:” Eamon Ryan moves to Cork men’s Football. What a journey he brought @corkladies on. A gent & a genius. Will leave big boots to fill. #corkgaa”

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