While most of the focus right now is, understandably, on the vacant post of Mayo football manager, the county’s hurlers are also without a bainisteoir, following Derek Walsh’s announcement today that he’s stepping down from the role. Official statement from Mayo GAA is here.
The Ballyhaunis man was initially appointed to the post back in 2018. In his time at the helm, he guided the hurlers to the NHL Division 2B title, a Rackard Cup final, where they lost to Donegal, and then, last year, to the Rackard Cup title, when they beat Tyrone in the decider. This year, he was in charge as the county qualified for a first ever Christy Ring Cup final appearance, where they lost out to a strong Kildare team.
Derek has now called time on his days as Mayo hurling manager and he’s departing from the post with immediate effect. As he does so, he undoubtedly leaves hurling within the county in a better place than it was when he took on the job. All the best to him for the future.