I'm not trying to remove the blame from the county boards in question. I'm just wondering what they should be doing differently? Look at Cork. 200 clubs. Beaten by Louth. Bonkers. Regarding O'Rourke, I think you are being a bit harsh. Lots of lads his age would be nowhere near a sideline, managing a county team. I admire him for going back. It doesn't appear to be working though.
They should get proper structures in place and develop the coaching in clubs and underage set ups instead of looking at short term success at Senior level.
Senior football managers, selectors and backroom accounted for just under €267,000. That's some amount on a back room team for one year. I know a fella who got injured last year and needed an op and had to pay for it himself and claim it back through the Insurance as they'd no account with Sports Surgery, Mater etc..
To go back somewhere would suggest O'Rourke had managed before at this level, he hasn't. He previously went for the job two times but never got it. He's out of his depth regardless of his age.