Thursday 14 November 2019

McStay's Roscommon future hangs in balance as O'Neill looks to extend time with Kildare

Roscommon manager Kevin McStay Picture: Sportsfile
Roscommon manager Kevin McStay Picture: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Kevin McStay's future as Roscommon football manager will become clearer today following scheduled discussions with board officials.

His future has been the subject of ongoing speculation in recent weeks as he conducts a review of a season. The former Mayo footballer has been in charge for the last two years having previously served as joint-manager for a year in 2016 with Fergie O'Donnell.

Under McStay, Roscommon were 2016 Connacht champions and reached this year's final, losing to Galway, after regaining promotion to Division 1 of the Allianz League.

They advanced to the All-Ireland quarter-final series, courtesy of a qualifier win over Armagh, and that should have led to further progress. But heavy defeats to Tyrone and Dublin, either side of a seven-point loss to Donegal, made it a forgettable 'Super 8' experience. Only last year, McStay agreed to add a further year to his term in charge with an option to extend it to 2020.

Meanwhile, a Kildare County Board meeting has heard that Cian O'Neill is keen to stay on as senior football team manager and it's expected that an extension will be proposed in the coming weeks.

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