Interest heats up in Mayo job

The Mayo county board have received a number of expressions of interest in the position of Mayo senior football manager other than from those who where already in the public domain, the Mayo Advertiser has learned.

Earlier this week the Mayo executive realised a statement outlining the next step in the process. Members of the county board have been in contact with Wicklow manager Mick O’Dwyer about the position and he remains in contention for the job, after being granted 10 days to make up his mind last Monday night. O’Dwyer’s assistant in Wicklow and Mayo native Arthur French was in attendance at last Sunday’s Mayo senior club championship quarter finals.

“There have been a few people who have expressed an interest the position to us, they could enter the process should the appointment committee decide to do so, there are two or three of them, mostly from outside the county,” Mayo county board secretary Seán Feeney told the Advertiser. “They don’t want to be in the public domain just yet, but they have said that they are interested in the position.” However Feeney went on to say that those people could be ruled out of contention at Monday night’s county board meeting. “We have had a very quick turn around to meet with the nominees before the meeting, and the decision will come down to the delegates. You don’t know what the reaction will be from the floor on the night and they could decide the job wouldn’t go to an outsider and that would rule a number of people out straight away. But this will all be decided on at the county board meeting.”

The next few days promise to see a number of developments on the appointment of the next Mayo manager. The executive of the county board met on Tuesday night this week and laid out a road map towards the appointment of the man to take charge of the side. The three principal officers of the county board, chairman James Waldron, secretary Séan Feeney, and treasurer JP Lambe, will meet with the four men who have been nominated for the position, James Horan, Anthony McGarry, Denis Kearney and John Maughan, to sound out if they are interested in the position and who they will be bringing along with them in their managment team. Following on from this process they will compile a shortlist for the position from those who are nominated.

The next step will be to appoint a managment appointment committee, who will be appointed by the executive and put before Monday’s county board meeting to be ratified by the delegates. The terms of the interview committee will be drawn up and approved and the committee will go about interviewing the candidates. They can at this stage approach other people about the position if they wish and interview them before making a recommendation to be voted on by the delegates.


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