Newton steps down from Roscommon post

Roscommon GAA are on the search for a new Senior team manager after Des Newton stepped down from the job late on Tuesday evening.

Roscommon GAA are on the search for a new Senior team manager after Des Newton stepped down from the job late on Tuesday evening.

The former Roscommon and Donegal defender was only in the job for one season but had come under pressure following a series of disappointing displays, including a heavy Connacht Championship defeat at the hands of Galway in May.

Roscommon did gain a measure of solace when they produced a brilliant come-back to beat Armagh in the All-Ireland Qualifiers but lost a week later to Tyrone by 11 points.

The news of Newton’s decision came in a statement released by the Roscommon County Board which read “Des Newton has informed Roscommon GAA County Board of his decision to step down as Manager of the Roscommon Senior Football Team. The Board would like to acknowledge the contribution of Des and his Management Team and wish them well in the future. The Board will meet next week to discuss the process of appointing his successor.”

The county board will meet next week to discuss the process of appointing a new manager with former star forward Nigel Dineen, who led the Roscommon U21s to an All-Ireland final appearance in May, the early favourite to replace Newton.