Published 16/07/2011 | 05:00
John Tobin managed Roscommon to their first Connacht title for 10 years but they lost the All-Ireland quarter-final to Galway.
Discipline issues (playing pool in the nude in a Derry hotel being among the more colourful indiscretions) was the backdrop to their entry to the championship which, unsurprisingly, didn't go well. Tobin left and was replaced by Tommy Carr, who had previously managed Dublin (1998-2001). His best season with Roscommon was in '03 when they reached the All-Ireland quarter-final via the qualifiers, beating Cork, Leitrim, Offaly and Kildare, before losing to Kerry. They reached the '04 Connacht final but lost to Mayo. It was Roscommon's last appearance in the final for six years.
Carr controversially quit during the National League campaign after some bad results and rumours of player unrest. Former Galway player and manager Val Daly took over -- Roscommon were well beaten by Mayo in the Connacht championship before losing to Louth in Round 2 of the qualifiers. Former Clare and Mayo manager John Maughan was appointed later in the year.
A bad league run triggered unrest and Maughan quit after a defeat by Westmeath which drew abuse from a small section of the supporters. Former Roscommon great Paul Earley took over for the last two league games and was replaced by another former star, Michael Ryan. Roscommon were well beaten by Galway in the Connacht championship and by Donegal in the qualifiers.
Former star Fergal O'Donnell, who had steered Roscommon to a first minor All-Ireland success since 1951, was appointed senior manager -- the seventh in eight years. Roscommon lost to Mayo in the 2009 Connacht semi-final by 20 points and later lost a qualifier tie with Meath by seven points. However, it was all so different last year as Roscommon won the Connacht title for the first time in a decade.