The jungle drums about the possible parachuting of Mick O’Dwyer into the position of Mayo manager haven’t yet fully abated – due in no small part to his cute hoor move to play for time in deciding whether or not to stay on for another year with the Goat Suckers – but a statement by the County Board this evening appears to have all but killed off his chances of a rapid coronation as Mayo bainisteoir. It’s worth quoting the statement in full:
Following a meeting of the Executive last night (Tuesday), the officers of the Mayo County Board will meet with all of those nominated for the position of Mayo senior team manager. They have been directed to compile a short list of candidates for the position. Following this, a manager appointment committee will be appointed by the Executive, and ratified by the county committee to interview those candidates.
Seeing as James Horan, Denis Kearney, Anthony McGarry and John Maughan have, along with Micko, already been nominated for the job, the campaign that’s being orchestrated to install Micko on an unopposed basis would now appear to be dead in the water, unless the other lads make way for Micko’s coronation. My understanding is that this is extremely unlikely to happen, which means that the Waterville supremo would then have to take his chances at an interview along with everyone else on the shortlist.
I can’t see the venerable old fox being prepared to jump through such hoops for the gig with us and so, regardless of what his backers may still be saying, the chances of his landing the role now seem remote in the extreme. It’s little wonder, then, that the odds on Micko to get the job have lengthened significantly in recent days while those on James Horan and, in particular, John Maughan have tightened considerably.