McStay a little while longer

County Board get their man following interview saga

Kevin McStay looked relaxed during last Sunday’s senior football final between St. Brigid’s and Pádraig Pearses. He’s certainly no stranger to seeing silverware being paraded in Kiltoom.

  However, this time around he was there as Roscommon senior manager after a drawn-out process and what County Board chairman, Seamus Sweeney, described as a “very traumatic and very damaging” period in Roscommon football.

  The road to McStay’s appointment wasn’t smooth, with fellow managerial candidate, Nigel Dineen, criticising the selection process and rumour and counter rumour par for the course.  However, McStay was interviewed on October 17th and the interview board subsequently recommended that he be appointed team manager for two years with the option of a third. County Board chairman, Seamus Sweeney, said that McStay was questioned closely about his plan for the year and that they were very satisfied at what they had heard.

  Sweeney also told the meeting that a players’ meeting, at which 30 players attended, was held and that a majority of the players at that meeting were in favour of the appointment of Kevin McStay, but he did not say what the extent of that majority was.

  With the County Board firmly behind him, it is now McStay’s job to get the players playing for him ahead of the FBD League and National Football League games in the New Year.