News has broken this morning of the appointment of Corofin’s Joe Canney to Mayo’s management team for 2024. Noted GAA newshound John Fogarty of the Irish Examiner has this scoop, his report on the appointment is here.
The new appointee was a Corofin player when, under Stephen Rochford, they won the All-Ireland club title in 2015. He was then part of Corofin’s management team in 2019 and 2020, an era during which they claimed the Andy Merrigan Cup for three years in succession.
The report doesn’t provide any details on what role the new man will play in the set-up, aside from the observation that he’s coming in to replace Liam McHale. The Ballina man, a long-time wingman for Kevin McStay, departed some weeks back, with his comments about his thinking being out of synch with others on the sideline arguably providing the first piece of tangible evidence that all wasn’t well in the camp, following the hugely disappointing end to our Championship campaign this summer.
One obvious straw in the wind is that the management team which this year included Kevin McStay’s closest confidante will instead have within its ranks next year someone from within Stephen Rochford’s orbit. Will this make things better or worse for us from a management and coaching perspective? Time will, as it always does, tell the tale there.
The best of luck to the new man on his appointment.