Anthony Cunningham has admitted that Roscommon supporters will have to hang in with his new look team.
The new Roscommon boss gets his career underway with an FBD League semi-final against Sligo in Dr.Hyde Park on Sunday afternoon.
“We’ve analysed the panel and worked very hard since the start of November and we are very proud of the attitude of the players” explained Cunningham.
“It is going to be a lot of development work, that can take an infinite amount of time” explained Cunningham ahead of what could be a tough league season.
While slow to reveal his hand as he spoke to Shannonside FM’s Willie Hegarty ahead of the first Roscommon game of 2019 on Sunday, Cunningham was pleased with his opening months in the job.
“We’re happy with the application of the players and the management team” declared Cunningham of his pre-season why revealing Niall McInerney can’t commit to the panel at the moment.
“It’s a work in progress” added Cunningham. “That’s what you use the pre-season for and that’s why you try out as many players as you can in the league.”
However Cunningham appeared to point to a slow more defensive game from his Roscommon side compared to the team which Kevin McStay put into battle.
“The debate is true over the last couple of years, Roscommon were a very entertaining team, but when it came to the big day they weren’t that defensive.”
“Strength and conditioning doesn’t come overnight” added Cunningham, “We’ve a lot of young players in their early 20’s and that doesn’t come overnight.”
Cunningham is very much taking it one game at a time, only focusing on Sunday’s FBD League encounter in Dr. Hyde Park, which throws in at 1.30pm.
“The FBD league for most counties, is used as a grooming ground, a bedding ground, it’s going to be tough competition.”
“Sligo are under a new manager and they will definitely be gunning for Roscommon so will Mayo two weeks after that and Monaghan the week after it.”
“That’s the big focus big focus for this panel, that’s there going to be a lot of development and hopefully they can come through Sunday’s test.”
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