Sunday 25 February 2018

Rossies confirm Newton as new boss

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

DES Newton took over as the new Roscommon senior football manager last night, replacing Fergal O'Donnell, who surprised many by stepping down this autumn after three years in charge.

Newton got the green light at a county board meeting last night. He will have another former county star Enon Gavin as one of his selectors, but has still to appoint one other and finalise the rest of his back-room support.

Newton was a selector with Kilmacud Crokes in recent years and is based in Dublin, but he has also picked up experience managing in Donegal.

As expected, another former county player, Nigel Dineen, got the county's U-21 manager's job and will have Eddie Lohan, Denis Gavin and Basil Mannion on his back-room team.

Dineen takes over from Jimmy Gacquin and was a selector with him last year when the Rossies won their first Connacht U-21 title in 11 years.

Last night's appointment leaves Fermanagh as the only county still without a senior football manager for 2012 and there is heavy speculation that Tyrone legend Peter Canavan is going to take over.

They have a vacancy because John O'Neill stood down after a turbulent year in the county and the ex-Errigal Ciaran boss was among seven nominees. However, Fermanagh County Board were at pains yesterday to point out that no one had yet been appointed, stressing: "The process will continue over the next few days and appointment of the Manager will not be ratified until next week at the earliest."

Elsewhere, broadcasting legend Micheal O Muirchearthaigh has, unusually, rowed into the Kevin Cassidy debate, saying he has been the subject of an injustice and that Donegal County Board has a responsibility to intervene and bring about a resolution to the spat which has seen the All Star thrown off the county panel by manager Jim McGuinness.

Irish Independent

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