As this piece by Donnchadh Boyle in the Irish Independent so aptly puts it, the race for the vacant position of Mayo manager is hotting up, with the news coming out tonight about the proposed management team assembled by Mike Solan.
The Ballaghaderreen clubman’s candidacy is one of what I understand are four nominations for the post that were submitted ahead of this evening’s 6pm deadline. None of the them are as yet confirmed but two of them are almost certain to be Mike Solan and Kevin McStay.
Ray Dempsey and Declan Shaw were also reported by the local media as possible nominees earlier this week. It hasn’t been confirmed yet, however, whether or not their names were submitted by this evening’s deadline.
Mike Solan’s proposed backroom team is a strong one. It comprises former Armagh player Aidan O’Rourke, Sligo All-Star Eamonn O’Hara, ex League of Ireland manager Alan Murphy and former Mayo player Mark Ronaldson. That report linked above also states that Mike’s brother Barry, who was involved with Mayo in the past and who works full-time on S&C with Arsenal’s first team, “will offer his expertise to the new set up.”