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Dan Ryan to leave Manchester Thunder

Dan Ryan is leaving his role as Assistant Coach at Manchester Thunder following the team’s Vitality Netball Superleague title-winning season.

The Australian, who is Northern Ireland’s Head Coach for the Vitality Netball World Cup this summer, returned to Thunder for this season to work under Director of Netball Karen Greig and support her coaching team.

The Black and Yellows claimed their first Vitality Netball Superleague title since 2014 with a sensational 57-52 victory over defending champions Wasps Netball in May and commenting on his departure on social media, Ryan said that winning the title was “a perfect way to finish”.

Debbie Hallas, Thunder Managing Director, said: “Dan will always be part of the Thunder family from his time as Head Coach and the past season being part of the amazing team who became the Vitality Netball Superleague champions.

“We’d like to thank him for his hard work and input, wish him all the best with Northern Ireland in the Vitality Netball World Cup and for his work in the future.”

Northern Ireland will start their campaign on Friday 12th July when they take on current world champions Australia and will then go on to face Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in their group. You can view the full World Cup schedule here.

Ryan will also be part of Sky Sports’ presentation team for this summer’s Vitality Netball World Cup with Sky Sports the only place to watch all 10 days of this summer’s action in Liverpool.

Make sure you’re following @NetballSL on Twitter for all the latest news and updates!

Image credit: Eliza Morgan

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