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Huge blow for Cork ladies as Eamonn Ryan joins men's management team

Peadar Healy has finalised his backroom staff for the forthcoming season.

Ryan presided over 10 All-Ireland victories with Cork ladies.
Ryan presided over 10 All-Ireland victories with Cork ladies.
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NEW CORK FOOTBALL manager Peadar Healy has confirmed the appointment of Eamonn Ryan as a selector for the 2016 season.

Healy was announced as Brian Cuthbert’s successor in October and has now finalised his management team with the addition of Ryan, Morgan O’Sullivan and Eoin O’Neill.

Ryan leaves his role as ladies football manager after guiding the Rebels to an unprecedented 10 All-Ireland wins in 11 years.

“Cork Senior Football manager Peadar Healy has today confirmed that Eamonn Ryan (Glenville/Watergrasshill), who coached the Cork Ladies Football team to ten of the last eleven All-Ireland titles, has joined his backroom team as a selector, along with Morgan O’Sullivan (Castletownbere) and Eoin O’Neill (Aghada),” a Cork GAA statement read.

His departure represents a huge blow for Cork ladies, who yesterday said their manager’s imminent departure was ‘a bolt out of the blue.’

This year alone, Cork won the league title for a third successive year and despite losing to Kerry in the Munster decider, they recovered to win another All-Ireland crown.

Shane Ronayne, who has worked alongside Ryan in recent times, has emerged as the leading contender to take over the reins.

Ryan’s appointment appears to be the final piece in the jigsaw for Healy with Paudie Kissane (S&C coach) and Conor McCarthy (performance coach) already part of the men’s set-up for the forthcoming season.

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