Recently removed Westmeath football manager Graham O’Connor has said he is dismayed by the county board’s decision to appoint Tommy Carr to the position.
“Originally I was shocked, but that’s football,” O’Connor told the Westmeath Topic.
“I had got the job initially on the back of good results and on the basis of successful results over a two-year period at U16 level.
“I would set very high standards for myself and, on reflection, our results last year were disappointing, but I had prepared a report outlining where we could make improvements for the coming year, so it is just disappointing that we won’t be given the opportunity to rectify that.”
O’Connor wished the former Dublin captain well well in his time at the county but said he refused the offer to stay on as a selector under Carr.
“I won’t be working with the Westmeath minor team in any capacity next year. I feel that when they made the decision on the manager, they wanted a completely different set-up to go in a new direction, so it is probably best not to get involved.
“I want to make it clear that I wish Tommy Carr, his selectors and all the players the very best in the years ahead.”