The search begins again
Mayo GAA chiefs aim to name new manager next month
COUNTY Board chairman Paddy McNicholas would like a new Mayo manager in place in ‘a month to six weeks’.
The Kiltimagh clubman is targeting a timeframe of the ‘end of September’ or ‘early October’ to replace James Horan, who stepped down from the position on Saturday after Mayo’s defeat to Kerry.
The chairman indicated that the process of selecting a manager will be ‘something similar’ to what was followed when Horan succeeded John O’Mahony in 2010.
The likely first step is a meeting of the County Board executive, followed by a gathering of the full County Board, which includes club delegates.
“It’ll be next week or the week after before there’ll be any move made,” McNicholas told The Mayo News. “But it will be possibly the same again, that the clubs will be asked to nominate people, and then they’ll be interviewed.”
Kevin McStay, who led St Brigid’s to the All-Ireland club title in 2013, is the bookies’ favourite to succeed Horan. Responding to McStay’s comments on ‘The Sunday Game’ that he ‘at least might get a phone call’, McNicholas said: “Well, he just said he might be interested.
“It will be up to Kevin to be nominated by a club – and if he is then, he’ll be interviewed the same as other candidates.
“I’d hope that we’d have a number of people that’d be looking for the job; it’s a high-profile job.”
Former Mayo senior and U-21 manager Pat Holmes ruled himself out of the running last night.
“I wouldn’t be in a position to give the commitment that’s required to manage a senior inter-county football team at this moment in time,” he told The Mayo News.