Cathal Noonan/INPHO Michael Ryan has been in charge of Waterford for the last
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Waterford's Michael Ryan is back as a senior inter-county hurling manager
Ryan is going to be in charge of Westmeath.

WATERFORD’S MICHAEL RYAN has returned to senior inter-county hurling management after being ratified tonight as the new Westmeath boss.

Ryan takes over from Brian Hanley and it marks his return to the inter-county scene after his tenure with Waterford ended last year.

The Ballymacarbry native enjoyed great success with the Waterford ladies football teams as he experienced All-Ireland glory before then taking over Waterford club De La Salle when they won the 2010 county senior title. They lost the All-Ireland club semi-final the following year against Galway’s Clarinbridge.

Ryan was ratified as Waterford senior manager in 2011 and presided over their fortunes for the 2012 and 2013 championship seasons. In 2012 Waterford lost out to Cork at the All-Ireland quarter-final stage while last year they exited the championship at the hands of Kilkenny in the qualifiers.

Westmeath remain in the Liam MacCarthy Cup for 2015 after defeating Kildare to retain their status last June.

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