MAYO manager Stephen Rochford deserved to get a two-year extension to his initial term ‘on the back of what he’s done so far’, according to Mayo GAA Board chairman, Mike Connelly.
Rochford informed Connelly that he would be staying on for the 2018 season at a meeting last Tuesday evening, and the chairman subsequently agreed to approve Rochford’s request for an additional two years in the post.
Speaking to The Mayo News after last Wednesday night’s County Board meeting in Castlebar, where club delegates were informed of Rochford’s extension, Connelly explained why he had given the manager such a big vote of confidence.
“To be fair to Stephen, it’s a huge commitment.
“A guy coming in with only year left, doesn’t sit well with him.
“We would rather that he’d be there for another year at least, two years, and we agreed to put an extension of two years because we feel that it will really settle the ship in relation to Stephen as manager of the team and going forward into the future.
“Stephen is a Mayo man through and through, and he’s been so close,” added Connelly. “I’m sure he would love to just get over the line. A guy puts in so much effort that he’s entitled to get another shot at it, and we’d love to see him getting over the line.
“It’s another full-time job, along with his full-time job, that’s the bottom line. It’s every day, every night, every weekend.
“And the campaign for the last two years has been serious because we’ve been through the backdoor and had 10 games this year.
“That in itself brought huge extra commitment from him and from the backroom team. He’s done all that, and deserves another shot.
“He also deserves another two years on the back of what he’s done so far.”
Connelly also said that he didn’t expect ‘any major’ changes to Rochford’s backroom team for next season.