STEPHEN Rochford has declared his intention to stay on as Mayo manager for a fourth season.
The Mayo News has learned that Rochford has informed Mayo GAA chairman Mike Connelly, as well as members of the Mayo senior football squad, that he intends to return in 2019.
Rochford, who hasn’t given any media interviews since Mayo were knocked out of the All-Ireland championship by Kildare more than six weeks ago, was given a two-year extension to his initial three-year term by Mayo GAA chiefs last October.
The 39 year-old Crossmolina native is understood to have met with Connelly the week before last, where he confirmed that he intended to take up the two-year extension.
They are also believed to have discussed aspects of Mayo’s 2018 season and agreed to meet again with other County Board officials in the coming weeks to plan for 2019.
Rochford is also understood to have informed Connelly at that meeting that Donie Buckley, Peter Burke and Tony McEntee would not be continuing in their roles as part of the Mayo management team next year.
Rochford is currently in the process of recruiting replacements for the trio that have left to work alongside him and selector Joe Keane next season.
The Mayo boss attended both of last weekend’s All-Ireland SFC semi-finals at Croke Park and was seen making notes as he watched Dublin, Galway, Monaghan and Tyrone in action.
He was also in Croke Park last Sunday week for Mayo’s All-Ireland Under-20 Final defeat to Kildare.