Cun­ning­ham rat­i­fied as new Roscom­mon man­ager

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS - EA­MON DONOGHUE

Roscom­mon, the last se­nior foot­ball in­ter­county team to name a man­ager for the 2019 sea­son, have an­nounced that An­thony Cun­ning­ham has been rat­i­fied as Kevin McS­tay’s re­place­ment.

McS­tay stepped down from the role in early Septem­ber, and while Ar­magh na­tive and for­mer Louth man­ager Ai­dan O’Rourke looked to be tak­ing on the role last month, he with­drew his nom­i­na­tion be­fore his name was put to the clubs for rat­i­fi­ca­tion.

Play­ers and sup­port­ers in the county were in favour of a man­ager from in­side of the county, and while Cun­ning­ham was a two time All-Ire­land win­ner with the Gal­way hurlers, he is a long-time res­i­dent of Kil­toom in south Roscom­mon.

He pre­vi­ously man­aged his adopted county’s hurl­ing team, and his lo­cal club St Brigid’s - win­ning the Con­nacht ti­tle in 2006.

He also man­aged nearby West­meath club Gar­rycas­tle to an All-Ire­land club fi­nal in 2012, and af­ter a suc­cess­ful stint with the Gal­way un­der-21 hurlers he man­aged their se­nior team from 2011 un­til 2016 reach­ing two All-Ire­land fi­nals.

Since then he’s worked as a coach with the Laois foot­ballers, and last year was Pat Gil­roy’s coach with the Dublin se­nior hurlers. Af­ter Mat­tie Kenny was named as Gil­roy’s suc­ces­sor a week ago, Cun­ning­ham be­came avail­able for the Roscom­mon po­si­tion which he has taken on a two year term, with the op­tion of a third.

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