Monday 22 May 2017

Roscommon boycott local radio station over criticism of McStay

Roscommon manager Kevin McStay. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Roscommon manager Kevin McStay. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Roscommon's senior football team and management have withdrawn co-operation from Shannonside FM, the local radio station that broadcast an explosive post-match interview with the county's former manager Gay Sheerin after their defeat to Mayo almost two weeks ago.

In an email to the station, Roscommon GAA has advised them that the pre-match and post-match co-operation of players and management would be withdrawn unless elements of the interview with Sheerin were retracted.

Roscommon PRO Hugh Lynn confirmed that negotiations with Shannonside were ongoing over elements of the interview they feel need to be addressed and corrected and he expressed the hope that the matter would be resolved quickly.

Among the comments made by Sheerin, a former county goalkeeper, in the immediate aftermath of the Mayo defeat at MacHale Park was that he did "not like seeing Mayomen on the line" managing Roscommon.

He also laid the blame firmly at Kevin McStay's door for the departure of so many players since last year. McStay hit out strongly after Sunday's loss to Kerry, describing Sheerin's riposte as "the greatest load of nonsense I have heard".

McStay, who has brother-in-law Liam McHale as his assistant, has been living in Roscommon for 25 years and has managed a Roscommon minor team and also St Brigid's to an All-Ireland club title.

He said the idea that there was disunity in the camp, that has led to high-profile players like Cathal Cregg and Niall Daly among others departing, "couldn't be further from the truth". Sheerin's views did not sit easily with some in Roscommon and among those to defend McStay were former players Seamus Hayden and Shane Curran.

Irish Independent

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