Ahead of his meeting with County Board officials at the weekend and his likely ratification next Tuesday as the new Mayo manager, it looks like Stephen Rochford has is busily firming up the details of his proposed backroom team.
Tony Leen in the Irish Examiner tweeted last night to confirm earlier reports from a few weeks back that Tony McEntee, Donie Buckley, Maurice Horan and Barry Solan would all be joining the new man’s backroom outfit. In this morning’s Irish Independent (this is the piece already linked in the comments) John Fallon reports that Sean Carey will also be joining the new set-up as one of three selectors. This piece in the Hogan Stand, meanwhile, states that McEntee and Buckley will be the other two.
That same piece in the Indo, which is carried word-for-word on the GAA website and in The 42 (here), confirms that Gavin Duffy will be involved on the strength and conditioning side, which is set to be overseen by Barry Solan who is now working on a full-time basis with Arsenal. The Indo piece also states that Maurice Horan’s proposed role in the team will be to do analysis and video review.
It sounds, then, as if everything is coming together for what will, by any measure, be a high-powered management team. There are still a few hurdles to get over before the team can get down to business properly but hopefully that’ll all be sorted over the coming few days.