The Mayo News is reporting that three of six candidates for the post of Mayo manager held ‘preliminary discussions’ with the County Board’s Gang of Four last weekend, with the other three pencilled in for the same treatment this coming weekend. It was decided, quite sensibly, to dispense with the written questionnaire and so candidates were instead giving an oral grilling on a whole plethora of issues, from the composition and associated costs of their proposed backroom teams to more expansive stuff about their footballing philosophies.
The three who have already met the Gang of Four are James Horan, Tommy Lyons (who really does appear to be seriously pursuing the post) and John Maughan and, in a separate report in the Mayo News, Mike Finnerty says that this trio are now the clear front-runners in the race to succeed John O’Mahony, with Maughan narrowly ahead of Horan and Lyons (in that order) in the betting at this stage. Tommy Carr, Denis Kearney and Tony McGarry are due to have their oral inquisitions this coming weekend but Mike reckons that, from his soundings, they’re well off the pace at this point. So much for the poll here on the site, then.
The selection process now appears to be one that has evolved into one comprising multiple rounds of interviews (a bit like trying to get the start with Google) and, once the tyre-kicking has been completed with the six lads, the Gang of Four will report back to the County Board executive early next week. This is then likely, so says Mike in his report, to be followed by a full County Board meeting where a selection committee will be picked and a final shortlist of candidates decided upon. This final shortlist could contain the names of no more than “two or three candidates” according to Sean Feeney. Oh good, we’ll get to have another poll then.
In other news, the Mayo News is reporting that it’s now been officially confirmed that Liam Horan (yes, I understand they are related) has accepted the position of Chairman of the County Board’s Strategic Review Committee. Liam’s brief is now to put together a draft Action Plan which will then form the basis for the development of the GAA within the county over the coming 5 – 10 years and so will tie in with the Strategic Plan, which has to be submitted to the lads in Head Office later in the year.
Actions Plans and Strategic Plans (and those dreaded Away Days) were never my cup of tea, I have to admit, but I think that the executive have chosen wisely in picking Liam for this gig. He’s a man of considerable experience who will bring a fresh outlook to this process and will, I know, want to ensure that the proposals he comes up with have relevance and will be capable of being implemented in practice. He deserves our support and best wishes as he embarks on this important task and, with Championship Man there in the background providing wise counsel, he has, I’m sure, every chance of success.