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Social media has been full of talk all day about the vacant Mayo manager’s position with all those doing the talking saying that Noel Connelly has got the job and also that Pat Holmes and Donie Buckley will be joining him on the new management team. The rumour mill is less clear, though, on whether or not Connelly is to be the main man or if instead Pat Holmes is to be co-manager.
All this talk isn’t just blather on Twitter either – Newstalk carried the news early this afternoon and The Score and Hogan Stand have both since reported that the Hollymount man is about to be named as James Horan’s successor.
The County Board hasn’t, meanwhile, made any official announcement as yet on the appointment. In response to a query earlier on from Midwest Radio’s Angelina Nugent, a spokesman for the Board said a few hours ago that there was no news to report on the appointment apart from the fact that an interview panel had been set up.
The Board’s position, though, doesn’t sound at all credible. News about an imminent appointment has been leaking like a sieve all day and I’ve heard word (second-hand admittedly) from different sources within both candidates’ camps that a definitive decision on the appointment has been made. Everything that I’ve heard is consistent with all the rumours that have been circulating publicly, i.e. that Connelly has got the nod and that Holmes (possibly as co-manager, possibly not) and Donie Buckley are on the ticket.
There’s nothing to be gained from dragging out this particular soap opera any longer. If Noel Connelly has been appointed as the Mayo manager then the County Board needs to confirm this fact now. Letting the rumour machine make the announcement on their behalf only serves to make them look foolish and raise fairly obvious questions about their ability to control the process properly.