The deadline for applications for the vacant position of Mayo manager is fast approaching, with clubs having to submit their nominations by 11pm this coming Thursday (18th). The Mayo News is reporting today that it look increasingly like a straight shootout between early favourite Kevin McStay and Noel Connelly, both of whom the paper states are keen on the job and have already had preliminary discussions with County Board officers about it.
The report states that McStay is likely have Liam McHale on his ticket, which is no surprise seeing as the pair tasted All-Ireland club success together last year with Roscommon’s St Brigid’s. Meanwhile, the same piece reports that Noel Connelly may be planning to team up once again with Pat Holmes, with whom he enjoyed – along with Mícheál Collins – All-Ireland success at U21 level for the county back in 2006.
The poll here on the site (which I’ve now become a bit bored with and so have taken down) confirms McStay’s position as frontrunner for the job, as he got 42% of all votes cast (total poll was 669) while Connelly attracted 19% support. A possible third candidate, Tony McGarry, whom the Mayo News reports in a separate piece (paper and digital edition) is still considering whether or not he’ll let his name go forward for the post, came in second-last in the poll with 2% of votes cast.