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Ryan Targets More Success In The Midleton Hotseat

by September 3, 2019

Midleton host Avondale tonight in the MSL Premier Division and it’s a marquee fixture in Cork football.

Two of Cork’s finest clubs going head to head at the highest level.

Midleton manager, John Ryan is expecting another difficult game this evening against opposition he had success with as manager in 2014 in the FAI Intermediate Cup.

“Anytime you face Avondale, it’s a tough assignment and even more so now when they are coming here as FAI Intermediate Cup champions but that should give our lads even more incentive tonight.

“We pretty much approach every game the same believing that if we work hard enough we can match anybody on the day,” said John.

Midleton are quickly establishing themselves as one of the top amateur clubs in Ireland from schoolboys football right through to the senior team but John believes trying to get the balance right between commitments outside of football and the commitments of football is difficult.

“I don’t make predictions but we do have aspirations that can be curtailed in amateur football as it’s difficult to look beyond the next game with family, work and holidays which make it hard to commit as much as you want to football.

“My long term goal is to go from week to week and to improve the process as best you can,” commented John.

Ryan signed professionally with Brighton at the age of 18 having played football with Midleton since the age of six but injury took its toll on what could have been a fantastic career in the game.

“Yeah, it was a difficult time, having had to return from Brighton through injury, I went on to play League of Ireland but injury cut that short too so I returned to Midleton to play for another 10 years including a spell as player-manager from 2011-2014.

“We took the club from the 2nd Division to the Premier Division before I took over at Avondale United winning the FAI Intermediate Cup beating UCD 3-0 in the final.

“It was then that I took two years off only to return in 2016 to coach Midleton U14s with John Mallon (manager) where we secured the treble.

“During that period I led the seniors to the MSL Premier Division title with manager, Mark Duggan and I’m in the hotseat now myself again and looking forward to giving it a right go and hopefully we can get the club back to the top locally and nationally,” concluded John.

Midleton manager, John Ryan was in discussion with Paul Hogan for Cork Sports News.