Friday 19 January 2018

Newton set to succeed O'Donnell in Roscommon

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Des Newton will be confirmed as the new Roscommon football manager at next week's county board meeting.

Newton is understood to have accepted an invitation from the Roscommon board to take over from Fergal O'Donnell.

The former Roscommon defender, brother of midfielder John, is a school principal based in west Dublin and has been involved with Kilmacud Crokes in recent years. He was a selector with Paddy Carr during this year's Dublin football championship. He had previously been based in Donegal where he built up extensive experience with development squads.

Nigel Dineen will be put forward for the U-21 post as replacement for Jimmy Gacquin. Dineen was a selector on the team that bridged an 11-year gap to win the Connacht U-21 title last year.

Carr himself has distanced himself from reports linking him to a position as a selector to the Offaly football team having stepped down as Kilmacud boss.

"I don't have a formal position with Offaly. Obviously I know (new manager) Gerry Cooney very well. I played club football with him and we speak regularly but I'm not an Offaly selector."

In Limerick, former Kildare and Tipperary footballer Brian Lacey has been named the new coach/selector of the senior footballers. Lacey replaces Ephie Fitzgerald, who has taken over as manager of the Cork minors.

Meanwhile, Dublin will launch their strategic plan 2011-2017 in Croke Park next Monday night.

The plan will set out a blueprint for the growth of Gaelic games in the capital, already buoyant after a hugely successful 2011 season.

It will be launched by Dublin chairman Andy Kettle, GAA president Christy Cooney and Minister for Sport Leo Varadkar.

Irish Independent

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