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Roscommon trying to net Aidan O'Rourke's services

Queen's University-based Aidan O'Rourke has yet to decide whether to take up Roscommon's offer

ROSCOMMON were keen announce former Armagh defender Aidan O'Rourke as their new manager last night – but it is understood the deal isn't over the line yet.

Regarded as one of the brightest coaching minds in Gaelic football, the former Louth manager would appear to be a good fit for what Roscommon are looking for.

O'Rourke, who won an All-Ireland with Armagh in 2002, is vastly experienced in the modern art of defending. As well as managing Louth, he's coached Kildare and Down under Kieran McGeeney and James McCartan, respectively. He currently works at Queen's University where he is heavily involved in the promotion of Gaelic Games and other sports.

Kevin McStay stepped away from the Rossies job at the beginning of September after three years in charge where he delivered a Connacht title in 2017 and secured a place in the inaugural Super 8s.

After suffering a heavy beating at the hands of Tyrone in the last eight All-Ireland series last summer, McStay acknowledged afterwards that there would probably have to be a reappraisal of Roscommon's playing philosophy and a greater emphasis on defensive play, especially given how well Paddy Tally was performing with neighbours Galway this year.

“The style of play is a big debate,” McStay said at the time. “It's a type of football [defensive football] I don't think Roscommon supporters would go and watch, if we change style dramatically, if we start looking like a Galway or Monaghan or something like that...”

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