New Roscommon manager Anthony Cunningham is giving little away about what backroom team he will install in the county but has set a target of "trying to build on the huge work done by Liam MacHale and Kevin McStay".

Cunningham was a surprise appointment by the Rossies after a protracted process to recruit a new boss.

He has previous football managerial experience, having led Garrycastle to an All-Ireland Club final, and also winning two Connacht Club SFC crowns with St Brigid’s.

The switch back to football after working with Pat Gilroy in Dublin hurling was not expected, however.

He told RTÉ Sport today that it was an opportunity he could not resist.

"It's an honour," claimed Cummingham in an interview broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1's Sunday Sport.

"When you're used to being involved with teams and being involved in the GAA, that's my hobby and passion and I don't have too many other things in the winter nights! It's an honour to be asked.

"The aim is to get back to work and improve the players. That'll be our aim. Roscommon did very well last year and got to the Super 8s. That was a huge plus.

"It might not have worked out in the finish. You have to take small steps at a time but they'll want to get back there again.

"The higher the competition you face the faster you improve and Roscommon had the best competition in the Super 8s."

Cunningham will reveal his coaching team and selectors to the Roscommon players first in the next week or two and was not willing to give away details of what it will contain. 

He feels he is coming into the job with even more knowledge on a management team on the back of his last role. 

He said: "Everyone is equal in a panel and we'll be back to training early in December. They are on a break and a deserved break now. It'll be getting back to basics.

"There are brilliant players in Roscommon and they'll want to step up to the next level and get better every day. Dublin are the benchmark and everyone wants to get to that level.

"I've worked with Pat Gilroy for the past year. That was a pleasure. Pat brought a lot of the standards that he brought to Dublin. Maybe he was the guy that kicked off this blue wave and set the standards.

"It's always great to learn from managers in differing codes. It's similar here. You'd try to get a real high standard of coach and development possibilities for players to thrive.

"I’m not going to discuss my selectors here today. We have talented coaches in this county and they will be part of the management team, I can assure you of that."