Dineen Pulls out of Race for Roscommon Senior Football Mangers Job

  In another twist in the Roscommon GAA management saga, Nigel Dineen has today confirmed s intention to withdraw from the race.   The Castlerea St Kevin’s club man along with outgoing joint manager Kevin McStay were the only two know candidates that were going forward for interview next week.   However earlier today Dineen…

Nigel Dineen

 

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In another twist in the Roscommon GAA management saga, Nigel Dineen has today confirmed s intention to withdraw from the race.

 

The Castlerea St Kevin’s club man along with outgoing joint manager Kevin McStay were the only two know candidates that were going forward for interview next week.

 

However earlier today Dineen confirmed that he was withdrawing from the selection process after expressing concerns over the makeup of the selection committee.

 

In a statement released to the Shannonside Sports Department Dineen pointed to the fact that he had assembled what he described as “one of the best management teams that the County has ever seen, which included four former County Roscommon players, of the highest calibre, who know what it’s like to wear the jersey and all share the same passion for Roscommon football”

 

Dineen went on to add that he now feels that this is not the appropriate time to continue with his involvement in the process to select the new Roscommon manager.

 

The former Connacht championship winner with Roscommon went on to express concerns about the integrity of the selection and recruitment process and he confirmed that he had raised these concerns directly with the County Board whom he claimed refused to address them.

 

He went on to suggest that the Roscommon County Boards’ hands may be tied, in some respects, with regard to the legacy of the previous management structure.

 

The following is the Nigel Dineen statement in full

 

I wish to withdraw my nomination for the position of the Roscommon Senior Football Manager, a position I applied for with the best intentions, highest ambitions and in the utmost good faith.

While I have gathered what I consider to be one of the best management teams that the County has ever seen, which includes four former County Roscommon players, of the highest calibre, who know what it’s like to wear the jersey and all share the same passion for Roscommon football as I do, I do not consider that this is the appropriate time to proceed on this journey.

I have strong reservations about the integrity of the selection and recruitment process and I have raised these concerns directly with the County Board who refused to address them.

 

I would have no issue whatsoever with taking on any manager in the Country with my expert management team, in a fair, open and transparent recruitment process, but if the playing-field is not level during the process itself what hope is there for a fair/successful outcome.

I understand that the County Boards’ hands may be tied, in some respects, with regard to the legacy of the previous management structure.  This is what it is.

 

It appears that similar influences are at play behind the scenes in Roscommon County football, which were clearly prevalent at the time of the demise of the previous O’Donnell/Mcstay joint management structure.  This is ufortunate and extremely damaging.

However, what is important now is that a manager be put in place as expeditiously as possible in the best interests of Roscommon football.

I would like to wish the County Board, the incumbent management team and very especially the players every good wish and success in the coming season. I would also like to thank the Clubs and the people of Roscommon for their kind words and support. Last but not least, I wish to thank my loyal management team for their time, support and for their faith in my Leadership.

ENDS