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Mayo fans need to be patient, says Rochford

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New boss says there’ll be ‘bumps on the road’

Mike Finnerty

WITH the start of the new GAA season now less than two weeks away, Mayo manager Stephen Rochford has asked the county’s football supporters for ‘a little bit of patience’ over the new two months.
Mayo begin their 2016 journey on Sunday week next, January 3, with an FBD Connacht League tie at home to the students of NUI, Galway at MacHale Park, Castlebar.
And with Mayo only back in training for a couple of weeks, and a new management team looking to experiment with some new players, Rochford knows things won’t happen overnight.
However, he has promised that his Mayo team “will be going out to honour the crest on the jersey” every day they play.
“We’d ask supporters for a little bit of patience. The way we’ll hopefully be playing next July, August and September, you’re not going to see that in January and February,” the new boss told The Mayo News.
“There will be bumps on the road along the way, I have no doubt. But when my team goes out, they’ll be going out to honour the crest on the Mayo jersey, to perform to their very best, and I believe if we can get that consistently into our performances, we may not win every day, but I think people will be very proud of what the team do. “And that’ll be part of our ambition. If that happens then I think we’ll have more good days than bad.”
Former Mayo panelists Jason Gibbons, Shane McHale and Cathal Carolan are among those players guaranteed to be given their opportunity to impress during the FBD League.
But all of the new recruits know what they have to do.
“You need to see guys going on a positive trajectory,” says the manager. “Not everything is going to be perfect, so you have to show patience, and you have to give them a clear message.”

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