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New boss Ryan is keen to banish the gloom in Tyrone

By John Campbell

Newly-appointed Tyrone hurling manager Kevin Ryan wants a fresh spirit of unity to prevail within the county as he sets his sights on the forthcoming Allianz League campaign.

Ryan has taken the reins following the controversial departure of Dominic Kearns and is out to dispel the rancour that accompanied the latter's exit.

It had been indicated that a number of players from the Eoghan Ruadh club in Dungannon would not be making themselves available this year under Kearns and there were reports that insufficient efforts were made to retain the services of previous manager Mattie Lennon.

Now Ryan is anxious to put such discord in the past.

"The only way to move forward is with a spirit of unity and by that I mean unity between the county board, clubs and team management," stated Ryan.

"I am coming in late in terms of preparing for a new season and while that is not satisfactory, there is a job to be done and I want to get on with it."

"It's important that the proper spirit prevails so that we are all singing from the hymn sheet. Only in this way can progress can be made."

Ryan is optimistic that the talent within the county will come to the fore.

"I know football tends to dominate in Tyrone but this does not mean that there is not a decent level of hurling talent," pointed out Ryan. "My main priority will be to try and consolidate Tyrone's present position although promotion would be great."

The Red Hands missed out on a place in Division 2 last year when they were beaten in a promotion-relegation play-off.

"I would like to see players commit," added Ryan. "I'm looking forward to our first league game against Monaghan on Valentine's Day."

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