Carlow retain Ryan as hurling boss

Waterford native Kevin Ryan will continue as Carlow hurling manager having been ratified by the county board last night.

Waterford native Kevin Ryan will continue as Carlow hurling manager having been ratified by the county board last night.

The Barrowsiders remained in the hunt for promotion from divsion two last season until the last day and reached the Walsh shield final where they were beaten by Offaly.

Speaking with Beat 102-103 Sports Editor Martin Clancy today, Ryan said: "Really looking forward to it, we were disappointed overall with last year, it was still a very good effort that we put in though, but saying that we didn't attain any of our goals either league or championship, but at the end of the day we were all disappointed and we're looking forward to doing better next year."

On last season's League Two campaign going right down to the wire Ryan said: "Technically we were still there, but the loss to Down early on and the loss to Antrim, it made it very hard - we were looking for other results and were looking to beat Clare in Clare but really the last day we were out of it, but in the previous two years we had been in the hunt right to the last day so hopefully in Division 2A we can rectify that this year."

The Waterford man is upbeat on the Barrowsiders chances in Division 2A this season coming.

"I suppose with the new set up in Division 2A, there is a realistic chance for 4 or 5 teams in it to go and win it and get into division 1B, you know we certainly will have our eyes set on that, no different to Westmeath, Down and Kerry, we'll kind of take it as it comes."

Ryan also admitted that, while Carlow has an abundance of young talent, it is also good to have a mix of youth and experience.

"That's part of our problem Martin, it's that we have that much it, we have had a few retirements and people emigrating and things over the past few years, which has left us with a very young panel.

For the future I think we have a serious team and I would hope in another two or three year that we will be able to sustain it."

As for any backroom changes, Ryan said "Nothing significant, Pat Murphy isn't available from St Mullens, he has a lot of other commitments.

The rest of us have had a long chat and we've decided what we can do better and while personnel wise theres' not many changes there will be a lot of changes in what we are all doing."

As for the players, they have already been in touch with Ryan.

"We had them together for a chat the other night, we will give them a gym program next week and in the close season they will have to do a lot of stuff themselves and we will have to assess them when we get into them training, but really that whole process has begun already."

Luke Dempsey has also been ratified for another season with the footballers.

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