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Ryans to take time before making call

EAMON McENEANEY became the latest football managerial casualty over the weekend but several more could follow after a weekend of shocks in the All-Ireland SFC.

Longford’s Glenn Ryan and Jason Ryan of Wexford will seek counsel before making a decision on their futures after surprise defeats to Limerick and Tipperary respectively while Pat Flanagan has indicated his willingness to stay on in Westmeath after their heart-breaking |one-point loss to Kerry.

Glenn Ryan insisted it was “too soon” to make a call on whether he would extend his tenure in Longford into a fourth year.

“If we had won, you’d have said we’d made progress,” he added, “but we’ve still gone out at the same stage as we did last year, and the year before and the year before. At the end of the day, it’s about championship.”

Jason Ryan, meanwhile, has now completed five seasons in the South East but demurred when pressed as to whether he would seek re-appointment.

“I haven’t even thought about it,” was his response to questioning.

Flanagan revealed that it was his wish to take Westmeath for another season but implied that the county board, rather than he himself, were the ones with the decision to make. “I’d like to think I’ve built a foundation and would certainly like to be here next year,” Flanagan said. “If we're allowed to build over the coming years we can achieve something in the future.

Harry Murphy meanwhile, joked that he might be hounded out of his Wicklow post after their disastrous three-point loss to Leitrim in Carrick-On-Shannon but expects to remain in situ for 2013. “I’ll be staying on. Maybe they will run me but at this stage it is still only my first year. We had a bad day today but we have had good days too.”