Aidan O'Rourke

  • Roscommon GAA has confirmed that preferred candidate Aidan O'Rourke has withdrawn from the process of selecting a new senior football manager.

    The former Armagh All-Ireland winner's name was due to be put to club delegates at a meeting of the Roscommon county board on Monday night, after he emerged as the favoured candidate of the selection committee. 

    The appointment was then delayed as Mr O'Rouke requested a 24-hour deferral to finalise his backroom team.

    His backroom team was to include strength and conditioning coach Mike McGurn, two Roscommon coach/ selectors and head coach Karl Lacey.

    The delay arose because of doubts over the unavailability of Karl Lacey.

    Later yesterday, Aidan O'Rouke contacted the county board to say he was withdrawing from the process. 

    Roscommon GAA have issued a statement, saying they're disappointed at the turn of events, but are fully committed to completing the selection process.

    However, the statement says the Roscommon GAA Management Committee is concerned at attempts that have been made to influence the outcome of the process over recent days, which have undermined the integrity of the process and potentially affected their ability to attract a new manager.

    The statement adds that some of the public commentary on social media has been extremely unhelpful.

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    Roscommon's wait to appoint Kevin McStay's successor continues.

    They were expected to ratify 2002 All Ireland-winner with Armagh Aidan O'Rourke as the new senior football manager at a County Board meeting last night.

    But Roscommon say their preferred candidate needs more time to confirm an additional member of his backroom team.

    Aidan O'Rourke previously managed Louth between 2012 and 2014, and has worked as a selector with Down and Kildare.