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Friday 15 December 2017

Moyna rules out taking charge of Roscommon

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

NIALL Moyna, the highly-regarded DCU professor who was a member of Dublin's All-Ireland-winning back-room team, has ruled himself out of the running to become Roscommon's senior football manager.

The Monaghan man was the front-runner and had met local officials, but he confirmed to the Irish Independent that he has ruled himself out of the job because of the timing.

"I was extremely impressed with the officials I met and the plans and ideas they have for Roscommon's footballers," Moyna said. "But I had already committed to managing DCU's Sigerson team for the coming season.

"Having talked to people, I realised that the sort of commitment and time I would want to give the job would not have been possible at the start of the season and I really feel those first few months, in particular, are exceptionally important for a new manager.

"Had the opportunity presented itself at another time, and were it to do so again, things would be different."

It is believed that Moyna, head of DCU's Department of Health and Human Performance, has been approached by several counties in recent years and it seems inevitable that he will become a senior inter-county manager at some stage.

He has already managed Ireland at U-17 level in International Rules and managed DCU to two of the last three Sigerson titles.

Roscommon would have been a particularly good fit for him as nearly a dozen of their senior players are current or recent DCU students.

His withdrawal has left Roscommon with some ground to make up as they are now one of only two counties -- along with Waterford -- who have yet to secure a new senior football manager for the 2013 season.

Des Newton replaced Fergal O'Donnell as Roscommon boss last year but stayed in the post for just one season. They lost to Galway in the Connacht championship and beat Armagh in the qualifiers before going out to Tyrone.

Roscommon have enjoyed significant underage success in recent years, winning an All-Ireland minor title in 2006 and Connacht U-21 titles in 2010 and 2012. They also reached this year's All-Ireland U-21 final, which they lost to Dublin.

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