With the inter-county season now behind us, the focus is shifting to the vacant position of Mayo manager, nominations for are due to be submitted no later than this coming Friday evening. There’s plenty about this in the local press this week, though, understandably, most of this is still speculative.
Emphasising this fact is the lack of agreement on to whether or not any applications have been submitted yet. Michael Gallagher in the Mayo News (paper and digital variants) quotes Mayo GAA Secretary Dermot Butler as saying that applications have already been received and that more are expected before the weekend. Anthony Hennigan in the Western People (paper and digital variants) says, by contrast, that they understand no formal applications have yet been submitted.
In terms of possible names in the frame for the post, we’re still very much in the land of conjecture, with most of the expected names getting a mention, though none of the reports name-check possible candidates from outside the county.
The names mentioned by the local papers this week are Mike Solan, Stephen Rochford (possibly with Mike Solan, Maurice Horan and Ciaran MacDonald), Ray Dempsey, Maurice Sheridan and Declan Shaw.
Two names who appear unlikely to be in the running are current Corofin manager Kevin Johnson, whom the Mayo News has confirmed will not be an applicant, while the Western People says that former Roscommon manager Kevin McStay “is unlikely to contest the position”.
Once the deadline for applications has passed this Friday evening, we could get details of the confirmed applicants for the post, though it’s not clear as yet if there’ll be any announcement to this effect then.