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Connelly updates club delegates on Mayo management situation


Ger Flanagan

MAYO manager Stephen Rochford has been given a deadline of Friday, August 31 by the Mayo GAA Board to come up with names for his backroom team for the 2019 season.
That’s according to County Board Chairman, Mike Connelly, who updated club delegates at tonight’s (Thursday’s) monthly meeting of the Mayo County Board in MacHale Park, Castlebar .
Connelly told delegates that he had had met Rochford ‘one to one’ two weeks ago where he was informed that selectors Donie Buckley, Tony McEntee and Peter Burke were stepping down from their roles.
A second meeting was then arranged between Rochford and a number of senior County Board officers to ‘review his situation and the plans for going forward next year’.
Connelly said the only member on Stephen Rochford’s backroom team at that time was Joe Keane and that the Crossmolina native ‘needed another couple of weeks’ to finalise his management team.
“Friday of next week would be the deadline for that’ added the chairman, who went on to say that Mayo GAA chiefs ‘will have a further meeting with Stephen probably next weekend or close to that’.
Connelly also explained that the names of Rochford’s intended selectors ‘will be going back to the executive, the executive will be making the recommendations, and that recommendation will then be made to this board’.
The chairman concluded his remarks on the ‘Mayo senior management update’ by requesting that the delegates hold off on further discussion on the Mayo management situation until the next meeting of the County Board.
Commercial appointment
MEANWHILE, the County Board chairman also informed the delegates at Thursday night’s meeting that the Mayo GAA executive are seeking to bring a 'commercial person' on board in the ‘next couple of weeks’.
“This organisation has gone too big,” said Connelly. “The amount of monies we have to manage on an annual basis is huge. For us to be able to keep on top of it, you really wouldn't want any other job.
“It is a crucial part of business for Mayo GAA.”

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