Martin Connolly has hailed the efforts of the Mayo senior football squad as he steps down as a county selector.Pic: Michael Donnelly
Mayo selectors step down
James Horan’s backroom team loses two key men
THE Mayo senior football management team will have a very different look to it next season after two selectors stepped down from their positions last weekend.
Paul Jordan and Martin Connolly both made the surprise move to leave James Horan’s backroom team after just one season working together.
The duo informed the Mayo manager of their respective decisions shortly after the senior management team met last Friday evening to carry out a review of the 2011 season at Breaffy House Hotel.
“There’s a huge amount of time required and I just couldn’t give it the commitment for another season,” Martin Connolly told The Mayo News last night.
“Having been involved with teams as a player, a coach, and a manager, and through my work as a coaching tutor, and tutor trainer, I would have been used to being centrally involved in all aspects of how a team is prepared and how everything works.
“It’s difficult then when you go into a role where you put in a huge amount of time but you don’t have the same input in terms of decision-making.
“I found it very enjoyable and I learnt an awful lot,” he added. “I got involved with Mayo to see what I could learn, and if I could improve my preparation and delivery of training sessions.
“I intend now to put what I’ve learnt into practice in some capacity.”
The former Burrishoole and Westport manager, who works as a Physical Education teacher at Rice College, Westport also admitted that he was proud to have played some part in Mayo’s achievements in 2011.
“I think we put in a good foundation this year. This group of players would seem to be on an upward curve and I believe that they’re in a better position now than when we came in,
"But they can’t afford to stand still, they have to push on. You won’t win anything conceding 1-20, like we did against Kerry, so there’s plenty of scope there for improvement.”
Meanwhile, the Mayo players also met with the remaining members of their management team last weekend for their review of the season.