The now former Offaly hurling manager Kevin Ryan believes there is too much "negativity" within the county, while adding that all interested parties need to stop the "blame game" for the midlanders to have any chance of a revival.  

Ryan stepped down from his post on Monday evening after just one season in charge, claiming his reappointment would "make progress for Offaly hurling extremely difficult".

The Faithful County were well beaten by Galway in the Leinster SHC semi-final, 0-33 to 1-11, and crashed out of the qualifiers after a 24-point defeat to Waterford in Tullamore.

Ryan was at pains to say that he was not forced out, and while he would have liked things to work out differently, the problems with Offaly hurling will not be fixed overnight he feels. 

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "Overall I think I've made the right decision, I don't think I would have them in a  better place this time next year.

"It wasn't a case of me being forced out. In fact, I would have seen things working out differently in that I would have been looking forward to next year and the work we were going to do over the winter.

"Offaly remain in the Leinster championship and are still in 1B, so I'm not leaving them in a worse place. 

"But they need an awful lot more than just an Offaly person coming in with traditionalist values that the Offaly public will buy into." 

As to what steps the Leinster outfit should now implement, the Waterford native added: "A lot of in-depth analysis of where the game is at in the county, not just on the senior panel but on the whole structure within the county.

"There is too much negativity around. Any comment I make stating that we have to look at the reality of the situation is taken the wrong way. Offaly are where they are at the moment.

"They are capable of advancing but you have to sort the here and now if you are to move on. It can't be a situation where you go on 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire' and start at question 14. 

"A root and branch review needs to be carried out. 

"I don't think there is anything that can't be fixed, but it can't be fixed within a year or two.

"All involved need to stop the blame game and open their eyes to see where things are at."