Former Galway hurling manager, Anthony Cunningham, has emerged as a surprise candidate to replace Kevin McStay as Roscommon manager, according to the Irish Sun.
McStay stepped down from his post with Roscommon, and retired from inter-county management, in September after three years with the county.
“Having considered the many factors involved in managing a county football squad, and unable to resolve enough of those factors to my satisfaction, I have decided that a change in management should take place immediately.”
“I’ve done three years, every one of them challenging and sometimes exhausting. In reviewing my time in charge I have to acknowledge the inordinate amount of time I spent dealing with financial and facility issues, personnel issues, media issues and the various contentious and controversial events that kept arising over those seasons.”
Meanwhile, Cunningham stepped away from his role with the Galway hurlers in 2015 after players voted to oust him. He had led the county to the All Ireland finals in 2012 and 2015.
The St Thomas’ club man already has experience with Roscommon having taken over as the hurling manager in 2004.
This would be his first stint in inter-county football management but has enjoyed much success at club level. The 53-year-old was appointed as manager of the senior St Brigids team in 2006 and led them to two county titles before stepping down in 2008.
Following that, he took charge of the Garrycastle footballers and led them to an All Ireland final in 2012 after three years in charge.
Most recently, Cunningham was part of Pat Gilroy’s backroom team with the Dublin hurlers. He was tipped to take over from the former Dublin football manager following his departure but the county have since appointed Mattie Kenny to the role.
Roscommon are the only remaining team to appoint an inter-county football manager for the 2019 season. Aidan O’Rourke was set to take over the job but withdrew his name before he was ratified.