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Published: 14:17 | 13/10/16

Dineen withdraws from Roscommon race

Nigel Dineen has withdrawn from the race to become the next Roscommon senior football manager.

Dineen and Kevin McStay were the only two to be nominated for the position following Fergal McDonnell's decision to step down from his position as joint manager.

However, fears about the 'integrity of the selection and recruitment process' has prompted him to withdraw from the race, leaving McStay as the only candidate.

"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," Dineen said in a statement to Shannonside Radio.

"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."

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