Eugene McGee: Westmeath counting cost of Dolan's relative values
The apparent confirmation this week that former All Star forward Dessie Dolan will not be playing for Westmeath is a serious blow to his county's chances at a time when football in the Lake County is in quite a fragile state.
The reason for Dolan's absence is because his father, also named Dessie, was not even offered an interview by Westmeath County Board when they went looking for a new team manager last autumn. This was decided in advance, when the Westmeath County Board passed a motion that the new manager had to be from OUTSIDE the county.
Dessie Snr is a former Westmeath and Leinster forward but has also managed club teams to county success. He was manager of Leitrim for several years prior to 2009 where he had many excellent results, particularly in championship games.