The former Shannonside playing hero stopped short of walking away on Saturday night but dropped a massive hint that his time in charge is over, following defeat to Clare.
Ryan took over as joint-manager in 2013 alongside Donal O’Grady but assumed sole control in 2014 following O’Grady’s resignation. Ryan guided Limerick to an All-Ireland semi-final appearance against Kilkenny two years ago and after going close to achieving victory, was rewarded with a new three-year deal.
But Limerick have failed to progress beyond the qualifiers for the past two seasons and Ryan admitted: “I’ve brought it as far as I could. It wasn’t to be; it wasn’t good enough. “I’ve given three years of my life to this job.
“I’ve given every waking hour. Anybody who’s ever been involved in a management team, anybody who’s ever been involved in inter-county setup, (knows) it takes huge time.
“I’ve given everything as a player and as a manager to Limerick hurling.
“Without making anything formal, I will probably do that during the week but I’ve taken it as far as I could. I’ve given it absolutely everything, I genuinely have. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, I’m very grateful to the people who have allowed me the opportunity.
“I’ve nothing but pride for the guys that played for me, the guys that gave everything.
“I’ll always thank them and I’ll be grateful for every single effort. But for me personally, it just wasn’t good enough. I’ve no problem taking the flak for that.
“I’ll sleep on it, think about it over the next day or two, talk to the people involved and basically just come to a decision. In life when you look back, most of the regrets people have is for the things they didn’t do.”