The former Connacht championship winning forward with Leitrim from 1994, Aidan Rooney is set to become part of Niall Carew’s Sligo backroom team for 2018.
Carew recently confirmed that he will remain on in charge of the Yates County and has moved to freshen up his backroom team after a season where they maintained Division 3 status in the Allianz football league. Sligo’s involvement in the Connacht championship ended when they were defeated by Mayo and the Connacht side were then defeated by Meath in the All Ireland football qualifiers.
Rooney is currently in charge of his native club Glencar/Manorhamilton previously managed the Yeats County at minor level in 2014 and 2015, will replace Eastern Harps clubman Keith Carty.
Rooney led Glencar Manorhamilton to the Leitrim County final last year after replacing Sligo native Glen Young in the hot seat. They were defeated by Aughawillan in the County final after a thrilling encounter.
The former forward played in two Connacht senior football finals (1994 and 2000) was also in the mix for the Leitrim manager’s position a year ago after Shane Ward had stepped away for the position. Rooney lost out however to the current management set up which is led by his former teammate Benny Guckian.
Rooney was the only north Leitrim player on the Leitrim side that won the Connacht SFC title in 1994 and was always destined to go into management and coaching after his playing days finished.
Rooney guided Sligo to a provincial minor final in 2015 when they lost out to Galway after a replay and he has been involved with Sligo town club St Mary’s underage for a number of years.
It is not yet clear whether or not Sligo’s 2007 Connacht winning captain Noel McGuire will return as a selector. Easkey clubman McGuire, who came in as a replacement for Ronan Sweeney twelve months ago, worked alongside Rooney in the county minor set-up.