Nigel Dineen slams 'extremely damaging' behind-the-scenes influences as he drops out of Roscommon race
Nigel Dineen has pulled out of the race to become the next Roscommon manager, citing "strong reservations about the integrity" of the appointment process.
Dineen's withdrawal means that Kevin McStay is now the only candidate left in contention to manage the Rossies in 2017.
The Castlerea man had originally announced his intention to apply for the position afer news broke of Fergal O'Donnell's resignation.
O’Donnell, who was joint manager with McStay this year, resigned along with two selectors in September.
Dineen, who has managed the Roscommon u21s in recent years, broke the news via a statement released to Shannonside Sports Department.
It read: "I wish to withdraw my nomination for the position of the Roscommon Senior Football Manager, a position I applied for with the best intentions, highest ambitions and in the utmost good faith.
"While I have gathered what I consider to be one of the best management teams that the County has ever seen, which includes four former County Roscommon players, of the highest calibre, who know what it’s like to wear the jersey and all share the same passion for Roscommon football as I do, I do not consider that this is the appropriate time to proceed on this journey.
"I have strong reservations about the integrity of the selection and recruitment process and I have raised these concerns directly with the County Board who refused to address them.
"I would have no issue whatsoever with taking on any manager in the Country with my expert management team, in a fair, open and transparent recruitment process, but if the playing-field is not level during the process itself what hope is there for a fair/successful outcome.
"I understand that the County Boards’ hands may be tied, in some respects, with regard to the legacy of the previous management structure. This is what it is.
"It appears that similar influences are at play behind the scenes in Roscommon County football, which were clearly prevalent at the time of the demise of the previous O’Donnell/McStay joint management structure.
"This is unfortunate and extremely damaging.
"However, what is important now is that a manager be put in place as expeditiously as possible in the best interests of Roscommon football.
"I would like to wish the County Board, the incumbent management team and very especially the players every good wish and success in the coming season.
"I would also like to thank the Clubs and the people of Roscommon for their kind words and support.
"Last but not least, I wish to thank my loyal management team for their time, support and for their faith in my Leadership."