Roscommon fail to find football manager

Roscommon GAA have on Tuesday evening confirmed the situation regarding the appointment of their senior county football manager. On the Roscommon GAA website, the news was released in a statement.

The website said that the process of finding Kevin McStay’s successor began on September 10th in which the county board put forward a committee of Seamus Sweeney, chairman, secretary Brian Carroll, County treasurer David O’Connor, while former players Niall Daly and Ciaran Heneghan were also on the committee.

Within a five week consultation period a number of candidates were considered. This included the sole nominee for the role which was put forward by the clubs but subsequently withdrew from the process, a second candidate a native of Roscommon was also considered but this candidate withdrew from the process after been offered an interview by the committee.

The statement said that on October 22nd the Roscommon GAA Management Committee felt they were in a position to put forward a name of the preffered candidate for consideration by club delegates. The statement said that from last night’s meeting Seamus Sweeney received a call regarding the preffered candidate who requested a 24 hour deferral.

The candidate was former Armagh player Aidan O’Rourke. The statement said that his team was to consist of Mike McGurn Strength and Conditioning, two Roscommon coaches and selectors, while Karl Lacey formwe Donegal all star was also set to come on board.

However, the statement released on the Roscommon GAA website say that the reason for the 24 hour deferral was due to Lacy having unexpected doubts regarding the availability of head coach. However this morning, the county Chairman received a call (from Aidan O Rourke) to say that he was also withdrawing from the management process.

It now remains to be seen who will come on board as Rossie county boss.

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