Nigel Dineen has withdrawn from the race to become the next Roscommon GAA Senior Football Team Manager.
In a statement released a short time ago Nigel Dineen said “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.”
Picture Credit: Daniel O’Loughlin / Roscommon County Council
The former Roscommon Under 21 Manager went on to say “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.”
“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/MSstay (sic.) joint management structure. This is ufortunate (sic.) and extremely damaging” added Nigel Dineen. However, what is important now is that a manager be put in place as expeditiously as possible in the best interests of Roscommon football.”
He concluded by thanking the Clubs and people that nominated him and supported in recent weeks and thanked his proposed Management team, which was to include “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”.
Roscommon GAA have not yet commented on whether next week’s planned interviews will proceed. A County Board Meeting is scheduled for next week and it was intended that the situation would be resolved by then.