Tuesday 17 October 2017

Dineen sole challenger to McStay in Roscommon

Kevin McStay is understood to be putting a new management team in place. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
Kevin McStay is understood to be putting a new management team in place. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile
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Kevin McStay will face just one challenger for the Roscommon manager's job, with former player and U-21 manager Nigel Dineen the only other candidate nominated for the post, writes John Fallon.

And reports linking former Galway hurling manager Anthony Cunningham as part of McStay's proposed new backroom team seem wide of the mark.

There was strong speculation yesterday that Cunningham, who guided the St Brigid's club in south Roscommon to their first Connacht football title in 2006, had been lined up as part of the management team, but it emerged last night he had not been approached.

McStay, who has been keeping his cards close to his chest since the break-up of the joint management ticket with Fergal O'Donnell earlier this month after just one season in charge, is understood to be putting a new management team in place.

Former Roscommon player Vinny Glennon from the St Faithleach's club - home of the three Murtagh brothers - is also believed to be part of the ticket, along with the outgoing Liam McHale.

But McStay will face stiff competition from Dineen, and the Castlerea St Kevin's clubman is confident he has the support in the county to mount a serious bid.

Dineen, who won a Connacht title with Roscommon in 2001, is likely to include some of the backroom team that reached All-Ireland U-21 finals against Dublin in 2012 and 2014.

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