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Rossies still to find man as Moyna opts out

NIALL MOYNA will not be taking over as manager of the Roscommon senior footballers despite meeting chiefs from the Connacht county this week.

Moyna, who has led DCU to their three Sigerson Cup successes to date and served as a member of Pat Gilroy's Dublin backroom team, was the favoured candidate to succeed Des Newtown but says his commitments with the northside University prevented him from taking over the Rossies.

"I was extremely impressed with the officials I met and the plans and ideas they have for Roscommon's footballers. But I had already committed to managing DCU's Sigerson team for the coming season," he said, adding. "Had the opportunity presented itself at another time, and were it to so again, things would be different." DCU has a strong connection with Roscommon, with a huge number of their senior panel undertaking courses there and Moyna has been mentioned as a possible senior manager in the past.

Roscommon chiefs say they are "not too worried" about having a managerial vacancy this late in the year, even after their preferred candidate has rejected the job.

Former Meath and Monaghan manager Seamus McEnaney has already publically declared an interest and may be the next in line for the Roscommon county board.

CLARE will tonight ratify Mick O'Dwyer as their senior football manager although the man himself will not be present at the county board meeting.

Former Clare forward Ger Keane along with Michael Neylon of St Joseph's, Miltown will serve as his selectors while Michael Cahill will be retained as physical trainer from the previous regime.

OFFALY hurling stalwart Brendan Murphy has decided to retire from inter-county hurling. Murphy, the last survivor from the 2000 All-Ireland final defeat to Kilkenny will not be wearing the Offaly jersey for a 15th season, having made his debut at the age of 19.

THREE of this year's Wexford senior football panel have elected to try and play both football and hurling next year.

Lee Chin, Michael O'Regan and Andrew Stone - all of whom played under Jason Ryan in 2012 - have told the new management that they wish to play both codes for the coming season and Model senior hurling supremo, Liam Dunne insisted: "We will work with this in mind and take everything on board in the New Year."