The Mayo News, one of the media outlets that broke the story yesterday, has more information today on the Barry Solan to Arsenal story. The main issue that this piece resolves is Barry’s involvement for the remainder of the championship, with Mike Finnerty quoting Mike Connelly who says that the S&C man will remain part of the senior backroom set-up until our championship season is over.
That same piece also, by the way, has a brief mention of the challenge match against Westmeath that took place over the weekend but only to say that the word was we won it and nobody got injured in the process. The piece concludes by noting that both Michael Conroy and Evan Regan lined out for Davitts and Ballina respectively when the two clubs met in a league match at the weekend. Mickey C knocked over eight points, seven of them from play, in that match while Evan – playing his first competitive game since the NFL clash with Kerry back in February – contributed 1-2 (a penalty goal and two frees) to the Stephenites’ winning tally.
As has already been noted in the comments, the same paper also reports this week that Noel and Pat have ruled out taking charge of the U21s next year. That piece states that an appointment to the U21 post is now expected to be made at some stage before the end of August.
There’s plenty of stuff on the minors too – here’s the match report and Seán Rice’s column (where I even get a mention on the thorny issue of who won what in Connacht in 1902-1910) – and there’s lots more in the paper itself, including interesting interviews with both John Prenty and Mike Connelly on the decision to fix the Connacht final for Hyde Park. Get the paper and judge for yourselves but my tuppence on this one is that Mike Connelly’s arguments about what venue should have been chosen (he was in favour of Castlebar) have a whole load more logic underpinning them than those advanced by the Connacht Council Secretary in relation to the still-dilapidated Roscommon venue.
Finally, hot off the presses (well spotted by @MayoClub51) comes the news that Kerry’s Padraig O’Sullivan will ref the Connacht final. I’d better stop harping on, then, about all that pretty boy diving that’s been going on of late.