O’Rourke walks away from Orchard hotseat after defeat

Paddy O’Rourke resigned as Armagh manager following yesterday’s All-Ireland SFC qualifier defeat to Roscommon.

O’Rourke was appointed in October 2009 but failed to deliver the provincial and national success the Orchard County craved.

His side lost by three points to Tyrone in the Ulster quarter-final last month (0-19 to 1-13) before they exited the championship with yesterday’s loss to the Rossies in Dr Hyde Park.

Last year they were defeated by Derry (3-14 to 1-11) in the provincial semi-final before losing to Tyrone in the round three of the qualifiers (2-13 to 0-13)

In 2010 they slumped to a 1-18 to 0-9 defeat against Monaghan in an Ulster quarter-final and subsequently lost to Dublin (0-14 to 0-11), again in the third round of the qualifiers.

Armagh GAA chiefs last night issued a statement confirming O'Rourke's three year term as senior football team manager had ended. The statement read:

“Paddy has informed the County Chairman that he will not be seeking it renewed. The board would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Paddy who has been a true gentleman, a pleasure to work with and for the level of commitment he showed to Armagh, which often went well over and beyond the call of duty. We encountered many enjoyable days under his stewardship for which we will be eternally grateful.”

Roscommon’s Des Newton was thrilled with the way his side bounced back from the hammering to Galway.

“I am delighted for those bunch of guys in there. We got criticism after the Galway match.

“But those guys didn’t become bad players from the day before the Galway game to the day after the Galway game.

“We have pulled ourselves together over the last four weeks in particular.

“We rehabbed over the first two weeks and played a few friendly games and got a few opportunities to introduce some of the younger players, which in fairness we did not have that opportunity before the Galway game and I hope some of them showed that they made a difference.

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