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Hurling boss Ryan's rage at Limerick board

By Colin Keys

Former Limerick hurling manager Tom Ryan has turned to the High Court over what he claims are irregularities in the process to appoint a new manager.

Ryan has challenged the make-up of the seven-man committee which has been tasked with finding a manager after Richie Bennis’ term ended.

And he has sent a solicitor’s letter to the County Board outlining his grievance.

Ryan, who had the job for four years from 1994 to 1997, has been nominated for the position once again.

He is protesting at the make-up of the committee because, he says, four of the committee members come from the clubs of some of the candidates that have been put forward.

The seven-man panel is comprised of County Board chairman Liam Lenihan, secretary Mike O’Riordan, treasurer Owen Hayes and representatives from each of the four divisions - Oliver Mann (Patrickswell), Jim Dooley (Garryspillane), Louis Quirke (Ahane) and Jimmy Stapleton (Granagh-Ballingarry).

Tony Considine, Bennis and Gerry Molyneaus, the intermediate manager, are among the others nominated.

"Three of the interview panel have people nominated from their clubs. The make-up of the panel is unfair, and I have notified my solicitors," said Ryan.

“I notified the County Board and looked for a response from them by 5pm on Monday.

"They responded and met later that night, but I haven’t heard anything since.

"What I’m looking for is a new interview panel to be picked and people on this panel cannot have somebody nominated for the Limerick job from their own club.

“I’ll take this issue as far as it will be taken. I’ll be going to the High Court for an injunction if necessary."

Ryan has been a persistent critic of the Limerick Board in the past.

In 1994, after they had won the Munster title and lost the All-Ireland final to Offaly, he was hit with a 20-point questionnaire by the Board about how business was conducted during the season.

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