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Published: 09:08 | 7/9/16

O'Donnell resigns as Rossies joint-manager


Fergal O'Donnell has stepped down from his position as joint-manager of the Roscommon senior football team.

O'Donnell and Kevin McStay were appointed joint-managers at the end of last season and they went on to enjoy a successful year with the Rossies, guiding them to the Allianz Football League semi-final where they were beaten by Kerry.

Roscommon went on to beat New York, Leitrim, and Sligo in the Connacht SFC only to lose to Galway in the provincial decider. Their summer was brought to an end by Clare in a Round 4A qualifier at Pearse Stadium.

A statement from O'Donnell read: "It is with much regret and disappointment that myself, Stephen Bohan and David Casey have decided to resign from our roles as joint manager and selectors with the Roscommon senior football team.

"Having been asked 12 months ago to contribute to making Roscommon a force again over a three-year term, we were wholeheartedly committed to achieving that goal.

"Our decision to depart now is made in the best interests of Roscommon football and with a view to removing the inevitable distraction that would result from a potentially divisive contest for the position of manager between myself and Kevin (McStay).

"Recently, a concerted effort has been made (outside of management and players) to undermine and disparage us and it is especially disappointing and damaging that those involved purport to be concerned about the promotion of GAA within the county.

"We want to thank the backroom team, the County Board, our generous sponsors, our loyal supporters, Club Rossie and most importantly the players for their dedication, sacrifice and commitment to Roscommon’s cause.

"Roscommon has a hugely talented group of footballers. Now, as supporters, we share the hope that they will continue to learn, develop and ultimately fulfil their potential. To this end, we wish the team every success in the future.

"Fergal O'Donnell, David Casey, Stephen Bohan."

A statement from the county board read: "Roscommon County Board Yesterday evening Tuesday, Roscommon GAA County Board Chairperson Seamus Sweeney and County Board Secretary Brian Carroll met with the joint managers of the Roscommon Senior Football team Fergal O Donnell and Kevin McStay to review 2016.

"During the meeting Fergal O Donnell announced his intention to resign from his position as joint manager of the Senior Football team along with team selectors David Casey and Stephen Bohan with immediate effect.

"Roscommon GAA would like to take this opportunity to thank Fergal O Donnell for his long and dedicated service to Roscommon GAA and also thanks to David Casey and Stephen Bohan who have been great servants of the GAA in Roscommon. We wish themselves and their families the very best for the future.

"Roscommon GAA Management Committee will meet tonight to discuss the senior team management for 2017."

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