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Seven in running for Mayo managers’ job

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Tommy Carr

Seven in running for Mayo manager’s job



Daniel Carey
Castlebar


FOOTBALL The seven candidates for the Mayo senior football manager’s job have been given two weeks to submit their plans to a sub-committee of Mayo GAA Board.
John Maughan, James Horan, Denis Kearney, Anthony McGarry, Mick O’Dwyer, Tommy Lyons and Tommy Carr are all in the running, Chairman James Waldron told Monday night’s meeting of Mayo GAA Board.
Michael Diskin (Castlebar Mitchels) proposed that each of the candidates should “outline their plans in document form” and explain how they would address the issues facing football in the county. “Let the best man jump the fence and the conditions you lay down”, he said. The proposal was seconded by Alan Flannery (Ballinrobe).
A sub-committee made up of Chairman James Waldron, Secretary Sean Feeney, Treasurer JP Lambe and Vice-Chairman Paddy McNicholas will “go through” the information submitted, said the Chairman, who promised to report back to delegates before any interviews are held. A time-frame of two weeks has been set down for submissions.
It came at the end of a lengthy and sometimes tetchy debate. Two delegates described some of the candidates as “failed managers” and a number of delegates expressed a preference for a manager from within the county. Others said they had no objection to an outsider, and took exception to the use of the phrase “failed managers”.

Club championship draws next Sunday
THE draw for the semi-finals of the Mayo Senior, Intermediate and Junior Football Championships will take place next Sunday, September 12. The draw is due to be held at McHale Park, Castlebar, with a provisional starting time of 8pm.
Paddy McNicholas, Chairman of Mayo’s Competitions Control Committee, confirmed to Monday night’s meeting of Mayo GAA Board that the semi-finals will be played on the last weekend in September. He added that the Mayo U-21 A, B and C finals will be played on Saturday, September 18, the same day as the Junior Football Championship quarter-final replay between Parke and Ardnaree.

Mayo U-21 and minor managers reappointed

RAY Dempsey and Tony Duffy are staying on as Mayo U-21 and minor manager respectively. Both had their positions ratified at Monday night’s meeting of Mayo GAA Board. Hurling Board chairman John Hopkins said it was hoped to have a new Mayo senior hurling manager in place “in the next month”.

20 Mayo clubs owe money
A total of €35,000 is owed by clubs to Mayo GAA Board from the Development Draw, membership, referees and some levies, Treasurer JP Lambe told Monday night’s meeting.
The figure would, he said, “pay our interest for two months” and the Board would “have to get these cheques” when clubs are collecting All-Ireland tickets. The Treasurer read out the names of 20 clubs who owed money, and said the Board would be “holding back” tickets “until we get the cheques”.
Michael Heraty (Westport) said the Board should “stay away” from “blackmailing clubs” over All-Ireland tickets, while Alan Flannery (Ballinrobe) criticised the standard of invoices being sent by the County Board.
“We’re not holding clubs to blackmail,” said JP Lambe. “Only a few clubs owe substantial amounts ... If clubs came to us at the start of the year and were co-operative, it would be much easier.”

Check out next week’s Mayo News for a more detailed account of the meeting.