Monday 27 February 2017

Roscommon tensions growing as panel divided over McStay

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kevin McStay. Photo: Sportsfile
Kevin McStay. Photo: Sportsfile

The process to appoint a Roscommon football manager will accelerate this week, with sole candidate Kevin McStay set to sit down with the interview committee.

But it has emerged that the Roscommon players are divided in their support as to whether he should continue in 2017 after weeks of turmoil in the county.

McStay and fellow joint-manager Fergie O'Donnell parted company last month, and when the process was opened up again there were just two candidates, McStay and Nigel Dineen.

The Roscommon squad are understood to have met two weekends ago to discuss the management issue and take a position on it.

A slight majority among 30 polled are believed to have voted in favour of McStay staying.

Dineen did not attract sufficient support. He has since withdrawn because of "strong reservations about the integrity of the selection and recruitment process."

In a statement last week he said he has raised these concerns with the County Board but they had refused to address them.

McStay and O'Donnell looked like a rock solid partnership when they got together and enjoyed a progressive league that earned them a semi-final spot against the odds.

As the only candidate, McStay is clear favourite to take over with the board unlikely the open up the process again after Dineen's departure.

Meanwhile, Cillian O'Connor put four goals and four points past Garrymore as Ballintubber cruised into the Mayo SFC semi-finals with a 6-14 to 1-8 success to set up a meeting with Castlebar Mitchels.

Mitchels trailed by 0-10 to 1-6 at half-time to Ballaghaderreen, with Eoghan O'Reilly scoring their goal. But they took over in the second half with goals from Cian Costello and Barry Moran helping deliver a 3-13 to 1-13 win.

Simonstown are through to Meath final there following a 0-14 to 0-12 win over Gaeil Colmcille.

The Tyrone SFC final replay between Killyclogher and Coalisland has been re-scheduled for Friday evening.

Irish Independent

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