Monday 19 February 2018

Roe ponders his Laois future

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Pat Roe will consider his position as Laois U-21 manager in the wake of Justin McNulty's appointment last night as senior manager.

Roe had pitched for the job in recent weeks and was one of three names which had been officially nominated.

But for the third time he has been frozen out having missed out on the position in 2006, when Liam Kearns was appointed, and again two years ago when Sean Dempsey took the reins.

However, Roe isn't bitter about the decision to approve McNulty, who has managed club teams successfully in Cavan and Dublin.

"I'm disappointed but that's life," he said. "I wish Justin well. All that matters to me is that Laois prosper.

"I would have loved the job but it's not to be. Whether I'll be U-21 manager next year, that's something I'll have to consider but it's something the Laois Board will consider too," added Roe, who has managed in Wexford, Carlow and Offaly.

Mick O'Dwyer and Oliver Phelan had also been nominated, but in making contact with Darragh O Se at an early stage there was a clear desire by Laois officials to pursue a younger candidate from another county, and in the end they opted for McNulty.

McNulty has worked with Paddy O'Rourke in Armagh for the last year and it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that he could yet approach Roe to be a selector.

Meanwhile, Seamus McEnaney was confirmed as Monaghan manager for the next three years at a county board meeting last night.

McEnaney had sought a three-year term from the board executive and got it last week. It is expected that he will retain the same back-room team that includes Paul Grimley and Marty McElkennon.

Irish Independent

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