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Mayo manager candidates set down their plans


Big three set down job plans

Front-runners for Mayo post outline their plans to officials

Mike Finnerty

THE three front-runners to become the next Mayo senior football manager held ‘preliminary discussions’ with four officers of the Mayo GAA Board last Sunday evening in Castlebar.
John Maughan, James Horan and Tommy Lyons each met with Mayo GAA chairman James Waldron, Sean Feeney (secretary), JP Lambe (treasurer) and Paddy McNicholas (vice-chairman), and outlined their plans for the vacant position.
The Mayo News understands that the trio were asked about the make-up, projected costs and approximate numbers of their proposed backroom teams, in terms of medical support, strength and conditioning, etc.
They also outlined their respective footballing philosophies and attitude to issues such as discipline, challenge games, recruitment of players, and club fixtures.
The sub-committee are expected to meet with the remaining candidates, Anthony McGarry, Denis Kearney and Tommy Carr, later this week. Mick O’Dwyer withdrew from the race to succeed John O’Mahony last weekend.
Speaking to The Mayo News last night, Sean Feeney explained why the sub-committee charged with examining the candidate’s plans decided to meet them face-to-face, and not ask them to submit a written document.
“We felt that there would be too much of a delay if written application forms were to be sent in, plus some of the candidates were reluctant to put their plans into writing,” he said. “The sub-committee decided that face-to-face meetings would be more suitable.
“They are all serious contenders for the position,“ added Feeney when asked about his impression of the three managerial hopefuls that had been spoken to on Sunday.
“All of them had done a fair amount of background work but we didn’t get down to the real ‘nitty-gritty’. That will be done by the selection committee when they formally interview the candidates.”
Those interviews are expected to take place next week, after a meeting of the Mayo GAA executive and county board. “The whole process should be concluded within a fortnight,” added Sean Feeney.