Photo: The Journal
It’s been an open secret for some time but the Irish Times is reporting tonight that Kevin McStay will be unveiled, possibly inside the next 24 hours, as the new manager of the Roscommon senior football team. The paper reports that the Ballina native is expected to take on a co-manager role with the Rossies along with former senior boss Fergal O’Donnell, while Liam McHale will also join the new backroom team, as will David Casey and Stephen Bohan.
In that piece linked above, Kevin talks about his immediate aims in the position he’s about to take on. He says, in relation to next spring’s Division One campaign, that “we are going to give it a fantastic cut” but stresses that “the focus is going to be on re-establishing our pedigree and reputation as a championship team.”
Football in Connacht looks like it’s about to get a bit more interesting in light of this impending development. While we obviously will be doing all we can to ensure that the current pecking order west of the Shannon remains as it is, it’d be churlish not to wish Kevin and Liam well in the roles they’re about to take on. Had things not turned out the way they did twelve months ago, they could well have ended up in a very different place in the world of football management but that’s all water under the bridge now, I guess.
Well, it is in one sense but the news emerging from the world of Mayo GAA tonight would appear to indicate that, after weeks of backstairs whispering, it’s far from certain that the management team we ended up appointing this time last year will be there for the long haul. The Mayo News will have more on this story in the morning as this tweet confirms.