Keane steps down as hurling manager

Johnny Keane has resigned as manager of the Roscommon senior hurling team after just one year at the helm.

Keane contacted Hurling Board Chairman, Christy McDermott, on Saturday last to inform him that he would not be continuing in the role in 2022.

The Portumna native first joined up with the Roscommon hurlers four years ago as a coach under then manager Ciaran Comerford. He then took over the reins when the job became available last year. Keane managed Roscommon in the Christy Ring Cup in 2020 and 2021 as well as this year’s National League campaign.

A statement from Roscommon GAA read: “The past two years were extremely difficult due to Covid-19 and only having a few weeks to prepare for competitions. A lot of work that was carried out had to be executed via Zoom calls.

“In 2021, Roscommon were relegated in both the league and championship but in several games the margin of defeat was only by a point or two. Sadly, narrow defeats do not earn you any points.

“The Roscommon hurling committee and Roscommon GAA would like to thank Johnny, his backroom team and players for all their effort and time.

“Once again thanks to Johnny, his wife and very young family for the sacrifices made over the past four years for the cause of Roscommon hurling and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors”.