Roscommon senior football manager Kevin McStay had hit out at recent personal criticism, describing it as “the greatest load of nonsense I’ve heard.” McStay made his feelings known after his side’s 1-19 to 1-13 defeat against Kerry at Dr. Hyde Park on Sunday last. He was responding to recent comments by former goalkeeper and manager Gay Sheeran.
“It reflects badly on the group of players I have, like they’re not trying or there’s dissent in the camp. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The reaction today to the nonsense of the last seven or eight days was fantastic. If we didn’t get a reaction, we would have had strong words as a group. But I am very happy with the effort,” he remarked.
He told the media on Sunday that he took grave exception to anyone questioning his loyalty to Roscommon GAA. “It was tough for me personally. My kids read that. Of course it’s tough for me. My loyalty to Roscommon is being questioned because of my birthplace.
“My mum and dad are from Tuam, County Galway. They are Galway people. They left Tuam in the 1940s to set up in Mayo. My father had played for Tuam Stars all his life, but he immediately committed to the Stephenites. When he died, he was the president of Mayo GAA.
“I came here and the first thing he said is: ‘if you want to be part of the community, move in with Roscommon Gaels and make your home in Roscommon’. I do that, and then to have this,” he remarked.
He maintained that the team were heading in the right direction under his tenure, emphasising that Roscommon would be ready for the challenges later in the summer.
“Today was my 12th national league game since we came up. We won four of them, we lost two by a point. And there were two games we weren’t competitive in – Mayo last weekend and Kerry last year in the semi-final.
“Every other game we’ve won, we’ve lost by a point or we have been competitive in. So what is the big nonsense? This is a young team that are playing in Division One. They are finding their feet.
“I can’t do it both ways. It just can’t be done with the team we have at the moment. We will be going flat out for Leitrim, the minute our league is over – that’s the only thing in our sights. Beyond that we will try and build a very substantial summer. If it doesn’t work, we will have to go back and see where we are,” he said.