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Deadline approaching for Mayo manager ‘expressions of interest’


NOMINATED Declan Shaw of Castlebar Mitchels.

Michael Gallagher

AS next Friday evening’s deadline for ‘expressions of interest’ in the Mayo senior manager’s position fast approaches, a leading Mayo GAA official has confirmed that a number of candidates have already put their names forward.
County Board secretary Dermot Butler told The Mayo News last night (Monday) that ‘applications’ have been received already and more are expected before the window closes at the end of this week.
One man who is definitely in the running is former Castlebar Mitchels footballer and joint-manager Declan Shaw, who along with Declan O’Reilly led the club to three Mayo SFC titles in a row between 2015 and 2017.
Mitchels informed club members yesterday evening that Shaw, who also played with Mayo in the 1990s, ‘had been nominated for the position’ ‘following his request to be nominated’.
Speculation in recent weeks has also linked the likes of Ray Dempsey and Michael Solan to the vacant post while The Mayo News understands that former Mayo manager Stephen Rochford is also considering putting his name forward before the Friday deadline.
However, former Ballintubber manager Kevin Johnson (who is currently managing Corofin in Galway) has confirmed to The Mayo News that he will not be in the running for the Mayo job, as he is ‘very happy where he is’.
“Six-o-clock on Friday is still a few days away and we won’t know ‘til then what the big picture looks like, but I can confirm that we’ve had a number of applications so far,” Dermot Butler told this newspaper.
“When the deadline passes we will then sit down and assess the candidates and send out application forms before calling in people for interviews.
“That’s the system for managerial appointments put in place by the County Board and that’s how we have to approach it,” he added.
Some other counties have the option of ‘headhunting’ individuals they see as suitable candidates, but the official management appointment policy in Mayo GAA’s ‘Operations Manual’ prevents that approach being taken by Board officers this time around.
“There are pluses and minuses about everything and we’re following the process as voted for by club delegates. It’s a bit different than a lot of other counties but it’s transparent and everyone can see what’s happening,” said Butler.
It’s expected that the new manager will be in place before the start of the club championship at the beginning of September and the Crossmolina clubman believes the new man will step into a very exciting position.
“We watched Galway push Kerry all the way on Sunday in the All-Ireland and when you think that we were just pipped by them in Castlebar, despite enduring a lot of injuries, it shows the talent we have here in Mayo.
“Going that close without some of our most prominent forwards and defenders shows the talent there is, and I’m sure the new man will want to bring in some new talent as well, so there are very exciting times out there for Mayo in the coming years.”

MR BUTLER also took time to express the board’s condolences with grieving families at both ends of the county who were hit by tragedy in the past week.
“We’re all very sad to have lost Paddy Connor in Lacken and Brian Mullin in Kilmaine,” said Dermot Butler.  
“Both families are steeped in the GAA and the thoughts of all in Mayo GAA are with them. Paddy proudly represented Lacken everywhere he went and he will be a huge loss to his beloved club.
“I understand Oisin (Mullin) is travelling home from America as we speak and I can only imagine what he and his family are going though. The GAA is very important to all of us and we all spend so much time trying to win games and fight our own corner, but when tragedy strikes we all come together and support one another.
“That’s the real strength of the GAA and this week we’re all looking to support the grieving families and give them any comfort we can.”


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