Francis O’Halloran has stepped down as manager of the Roscommon senior hurling team with immediate effect.
The Roscommon Herald report that O’Halloran has claimed that the commitment and effort by his management team hadn’t been matched “in recent times” by his players.
Roscommon were beaten by 2-16 to 0-15 to Louth in Sunday’s Division 3A Hurling League game in Dr. Hyde Park.
A statement was released this morning, stating that O’Halloran, along with the extended management team of Tommy Guilfoyle, Tommy Maloney, Cyril Crosbie, Steve Cusack and Richie Power have all departed the set up.
Power had only been added to the management team a few weeks ago, while O’Halloran was appointed as manager in October 2021.
The statement read:
“After careful consideration, the management team have made the difficult decision to step down from the Roscommon senior hurling team.
“Upon our appointment in late 2021, we committed to improving and developing the standard of hurling in Roscommon. We feel that significant progress was made in 2022 culminating with an appearance in the Nickey Rackard final in Croke Park.
“However, the commitment and efforts shown by the management team have not been matched in recent times by the playing members of the panel despite our best efforts. Therefore, we have taken the decision to step away from the Roscommon senior hurling team with immediate effect.”
O’Halloran also thanked the efforts of the county board in the statement:
“We would also like to thank the Hurling Board Chairman, Christy McDermott, for his support and dedication behind the scenes.
“We as a management team would like to wish everybody associated with Roscommon hurling the very best for the season ahead and the future.”
Roscommon are back in Allianz National Hurling League action in two weeks’ time, seeking their first win of the campaign with an away trip to Fermanagh.