Sunday 18 November 2018

Roscommon delay appointment of new manager as Aidan O'Rourke moves closer to replacing Kevin McStay

5 March 2016; Aidan O'Rourke, Armagh assistant manager. Allianz Football League, Division 2, Round 4, Cavan v Armagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
5 March 2016; Aidan O'Rourke, Armagh assistant manager. Allianz Football League, Division 2, Round 4, Cavan v Armagh, Kingspan Breffni Park, Cavan. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE
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Roscommon have delayed naming a new football manager after the 'preferred candidate' requested more time to assemble his backroom team.

The Rossies have been without a manager since Kevin McStay stepped down last month following three seasons in charge, the first of which was as joint-manager with Fergal O'Donnell.

McStay won a Connacht title in 2017 and last year steered Roscommon back to Division 1 of the National Football League after winning Division 2.

Former Armagh defender Aidan O'Rourke was expected to be appointed tonight, however Roscommon have said that confirmation of their new manager has now been delayed.

"Roscommon GAA had hoped to put the name of the new senior football team manager before a county board meeting tonight. Unfortunately, our preferred candidate has requested additional time to confirm one additional member of his backroom team," they said on social media.

O'Rourke won an All-Ireland and an All Star in 2002 and has since moved into management and coaching. O'Rourke managed Louth for two seasons, stepping down after the 2014 campaign, while he was also a selector with Kieran McGeeney in both Kildare and Armagh.

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