Jason Ryan has stepped down from his post as Wexford football manager after five years at the helm of the Leinster county.
Ryan’s resignation may not be a huge surprise in GAA circles as it is felt in Wexford that an opportunity was lost when the team failed to put Dublin away in the Leinster Senior Football Championship semi-final this year.
Wexford had the All-Ireland champions in disarray but somehow Pat Gilroy’s men were able to get a foothold back in the game and went on to win.
Following that Ryan presided over the disappointing All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Tipperary in Thurles, the game proving to be his last game in charge of the Model County.
Ryan never managed to deliver a Leinster title to the county but he did delivering sprinklings of success including Leinster Final apperances in 2008 and 2011.
He also brought the Model County within a game of the 2008 All-Ireland final but his team lost out to eventual winners Tyrone.
The Waterford man remains hot property in footballing circles and inevitably his name will be linked with the vacancy in his native county, however there will be plenty of county boards eyeing up a manager who many have commented on as being one of the sharpest in the game, despite his relatively young age.
Wexford U21 manager Kevin Kehoe, who secured Wexford’s first ever u21 Leinster title last season, has emerged as one of the front-runners for the post Ryan has departed.