Des Newton has stepped down as Roscommon senior football manager after just under a year in charge of the Connacht outfit.
Newton presided over an ultimately disappointing campaign this year as the Rossies went out of the Connacht SFC via a heavy defeat to Galway.
Roscommon’s season was then brought to a shuddering halt as they met Tyrone in the All-Ireland qualifiers, with Micky Harte’s men running out winners courtesy of an 11-point margin.
“Des Newton has informed Roscommon GAA County Board of his decision to step down as Manager of the Roscommon Senior Football Team,” a statement on the Roscommon GAA website read.
“The Board would like to acknowledge the contribution of Des and his Management Team and wish them well in the future.
Newton had only succeeded Fergal O’Donnell as manager of the Roscommon team in November 2011 and his departure comes as a shock to some.
Roscommon have not released any other details involving the post but it is thought that a replacement will not be rushed as the season is over.