Who’s next for Roscommon hot seat?

Interviews to commence for vacant manager’s position

Roscommon manager Anthony Cunningham and Cathal Heneghan of Roscommon after the Allianz Football League Division 2 Final match between Roscommon and Galway at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

The deadline for nominations by clubs in the county for people interested in replacing Anthony Cunningham as the Roscommon senior football manager passed on Tuesday at 5 pm. With no indication as to who is in the frame, speculation is continuing to rage as to who might take up the reins.

A five-person committee will be chosen by the board executive at the end of this week to commence the interview process. Names mentioned include the former Dublin senior ladies manager Mick Bohan (who was in the frame previously), Pádraig Pearses manager Pat Flanagan, and former Kilmore and Roscommon player Don Connellan, who has been a big success with Moycullen in Galway in recent years. However, it would be fair to say that there is no obvious candidate to replace the manager who stood down surprisingly last week after four years in the job.

The post is certainly an attractive one, with Roscommon in Division One of the National Football League in 2023, and several talented young players ready to step up to the senior ranks, including players who were involved with the 2021 U-20 team that reached the All-Ireland final.

However, the appointment will have to be made quickly, as the club championships have already started. With a packed calendar in 2023 on the way, preparations for the new season will have to start almost immediately.

The Roscommon People contacted Roscommon County Board on Tuesday on the matter but no one was available for comment.