An exciting new era for Roscommon football

It was probably the worst-kept secret in the history of Roscommon GAA that Kevin McStay would be the new Roscommon team manager along with Fergal O’Donnell.

  With all due respect to all the others who were mentioned in connection with the job, this is the management team that the vast majority of Roscommon GAA fans wanted to see in place. In fact in my view we couldn’t have got any better.

  I am glad that they have been given a three-term with an option on a fourth because I reckon it will take that long to bring this Roscommon team to realise their very best potential.

  At the present time we are miles away from the likes of Dublin, Kerry, Tyrone and Mayo – and that’s a fact. However I am certain that whatever is in that squad of Roscommon players Kevin and Fergie and his management team will get it out of them.

  This announcement is very exciting and when you add Liam McHale, David Casey and Stephen Bohan into the mix you have loads of coaching ability and experience. But before anyone gets carried away this new management team have a massive job on their hands. Roscommon will be hoping to stay in Division One of the league but it may well be that relegation to Division Two will be a reality in 2016. However it might well be that we might have to take a step back to take two forward.

  Remember that Roscommon have not beaten Galway or Mayo in the senior football championship since 2001. That situation will have to change if we are to make any progress at all. Knowing Kevin McStay and Fergal O’Donnell as I do, there will be no stone left unturned in terms of preparation and training.

  Every Roscommon player and potential player should have a pep in their step today. It is a very exciting announcement. Whether we are good enough to go far is another matter. But I for one am really looking forward to finding out over the next three or four years.

  The great work of John Evans and his team must be acknowledged, but this is the start of a new era. Well done to all concerned on this appointment and with the backing of great Roscommon men like Sean Mulryan and others, we can look forward to the future with confidence. Personally I can’t wait for 2016 to start.