There’s some great news emerging for Westmeath hurling fans, as Michael Ryan has committed to another year at the helm.
Midlands103 have confirmed that Ryan will take charge of the Westmeath hurlers once again in 2018, a side which have made clear progress under the Waterford native’s tenure.
The Fourmilewater man has had an eventful career as a manager. He has achieved quite a bit and is clearly continuing this good work in Westmeath.
The former Déise boss has been in charge of the Westmeath hurlers since 2015 and in this time has overseen great progress.
Westmeath are a county on the rise. Their under-21s have been very competitive over the past couple of years, but their seniors have also impressed.
Under Ryan, the Lake County have ran both Limerick and Tipperary to the pin of their collar. Unfortunately, though, they are not quite at a high enough level yet to overcome these hurling colossuses.
However, they are on an upward curve and if the good work they are currently doing continues, then it is only a matter of time before they advance to the next level.
The reappointment of Ryan is a great start. He spent two seasons in charge of Waterford, in 2012 and 2013, before controversially being removed from the job.
Ryan has also led De La Salle to both county and Munster honours while in ladies football he has led Waterford to five All-Ireland titles.
With a bit of luck, perhaps we can see Westmeath go one step further and cause a shock in the 2018 All-Ireland Hurling Championship.
Kevin Daly, Pundit Arena