I’ve made two attempts over the last few days to pen a “Time to Move On” piece but I can’t do it, it’s not in me. The first time I was gearing up for it that fucking photograph derailed me completely and then I tried again last night but to no avail either.
Maybe it’s just as well, words are just words and in times of grief (which, in diluted form, is kinda what this resembles) words are pretty much useless. It’s a bad cliché, I know, but time is the only thing that works in dealing with this process and with the best part of five months to go until the League starts up again that’s one thing that’s there in abundance right now.
Lord knows, we could all do with the break. I know I could and it helps that work is about to become extremely busy for me, staying that way until close to Christmas. Sure the FBD will only be round the corner then and at that stage we’ll no doubt be wondering if anyone is capable of halting the unstoppable juggernaut that is Leitrim as they aim for a three-in-a-row of FBD titles next January.
By then we’ll have a new manager at the helm, with the appointment most likely finalised at some point next month. Kevin McStay is the bookies’ favourite at the minute but this type of market can be notoriously volatile and fast-moving so these odds should be taken with a fair degree of scepticism at this early stage in the process.
The County Board have said that the method they intend to use for appointing a new manager will be along the same lines as that used in 2010 when James Horan got the job (only with all those pre-conditions added into the job spec on this occasion). This will entail the clubs putting forward nominations, from which a shortlist will be drawn up and interviews held before the new jefe is revealed.
In advance of this (and ignoring for now what the bookies are saying), I thought it might be instructive to see what names you think should be in the mix on this occasion. I want to do a poll on this but the poll thingy I’m using on the site doesn’t allow for respondents to provide their own answers so, a bit like the County Board, I need to seek nominations first.
So who would you like to see become the new Mayo manager? In putting forward suggestions, I’d ask you to stick with candidates who are available (so there’s no point nominating the likes of Jim McGuinness or Pep Guardiola) and to steer clear of novelty names. Also it’s just the name of the bainisteoir I want to focus on so please keep your nominations to a single name. I’ll leave the nomination process open until later on this evening and then start a poll on the basis of the names you’ve all put forward.