The former Roscommon senior football team manager Fergal O’Donnell is back in management. The Roscommon Gaels man stepped down from his position as joint manager with the Roscommon senior football team in the summer of 2016 in the aftermath of Roscommon’s defeats at the hands of Galway in the replay of the Connacht senior Football final and Clare in the All Ireland football qualifiers.
O’Donnell’s latest venture back into management will be at club level and the news has emerged today that he has taken over the position of manager of Emmet og Killoe in Longford. O’Donnell will replace Declan Rowley who manged his native club for the past two years and guided them to the Longford senior Football championship in 2015. That success completed back to back titles for Killoe after Tommy McCormack led them to the Connolly cup in 2014.
O’Donnell will bring a wealth of experience to the role. He famously managed the Roscommon minor to All Ireland glory in 2006 and guided the Roscommon senior team to a Nestor Cup success four years later when they defeated Sligo in the 2010 provincial final in Castlebar.
In 2015 O’Donnell retuned to the Roscommon hot seat in a joint managerial position with Kevin McStay and Roscommon enjoyed a magnificent run in Division one of the Allianz Football league where they reached the semi-final stages and in the process recorded victories over the likes of Kerry, Cork, Down and Donegal.
In the 2016 Connacht Championship Roscommon defeated New York, Leitrim and Sligo before eventually going down in the Connacht final replay to Galway. With a quick turnaround to the Qualifier against the Munster side Roscommon struggled with injuries and their involvement in the 2016 championship ended in a defeat against the Banner County in Salthill.
A club spokesperson for Killoe confirmed the news this evening to Shannonside Sport after the appointment was ratified at a club meeting earlier this week. O’Donnell is expected to confirm his backroom team in the coming weeks