Following a meek surrender against Mayo, Roscommon somewhat restored a level of pride in defeat to Kerry: eventually losing 1-19 to 1-13 to the Kingdom at Dr. Hyde Park. It brings to an end a week marked by oddly pointed criticism of Roscommon manager Kevin McStay. Former Roscommon boss Gay Sheerin, speaking on Shannonside radio during the eight-point defeat to Mayo, complained about Roscommon ratifying a manager with Mayo roots:
Now I'm going to get nailed for this rant, there's no doubt about it. But I'm only telling it the way I see it. The players will do their best. But you have to put things in place. And things aren't in place for my liking.
I do not like to see Mayo men on the sideline for a Roscommon team. I fought for years against Liam McHale and Kevin McStay, playing against them. And they hated me and they hated Roscommon.
And they can't have got that love (for Roscommon), there's no way, because I couldn't get that love for them.
After today's defeat to Kerry, McStay spoke to his former RTE colleague Marty Morrissey to reprove of the claims, which he claims were "nonsense" and "factually incorrect". He said he also expects the broadcaster to correct their wrongs.
You can watch that interview - conducted in the driving rain - below:
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