Time to say goodbye

Paul Healy  Roscommon County Board appointed former county star Paul Earley as an interim manager of the Roscommon team early this week in the aftermath of the controversial resignation of John Maughan.    Mr. Maughan resigned in the middle of his third term in charge of Roscommon, citing the ‘extremely ugly abuse’ directed at players and management at recent matches as one of the reasons for his decision. Mr. Maughan also indicated that he believed a ‘heave’ against him was imminent and it was his preference to resign rather than be removed.    The outgoing manager made his decision known on Monday evening in the wake of another crushing defeat for the Roscommon senior team. Roscommon lost to neighbours Westmeath by 1-14 to 0-6 in a National League game at Kiltoom last Sunday, a defeat which brings relegation to Division Three closer. John Maughan’s selectors, Gerry Fitzmaurice and Eamonn McManus Senior, also resigned.    Meanwhile there was further drama on Tuesday when County Board Treasurer Mr. Larry Brennan tendered his resignation, apparently in protest at the handling of the ending of the John Maughan reign.     Mr. Brennan confirmed to the Roscommon People that he had resigned but said he did not wish to comment further.    County Board PRO Mr. Michael Fahy confirmed to the Roscommon People that Mr. Brennan had informed the County Board chairperson Michael McGuire of his decision to resign. Mr. Fahy said that it was his understanding that Mr. Brennan has resigned in protest at the manner in which the issues relating to the end of John Maughan’s reign had been handled.    ‘We are disappointed at Larry’s decision. We don’t understand it