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'White smoke’ soon on Mayo boss


SECRETARYDermot Butler

Michael Gallagher

THE process to appoint a new Mayo football manager is entering the final phase and there should be ‘white smoke’ next week. That’s according to Mayo GAA secretary Dermot Butler who spoke to The Mayo News last night (Monday).
The Crossmolina clubman excused himself from the appointment process two weeks ago due to a conflict of interest and is eagerly looking forward to the appointment of the new man. Butler couldn’t sit on the appointment committee because his club-mates Damien Mulligan and Stephen Rochford are part of Kevin McStay’s prospective management team.
Vice-chairman, Con Moynihan, also found himself in a similar position as his fellow Ballaghaderreen clubman, Mike Solan, is one of the four applicants for the role.
Mayo GAA coaching officer Declan O’Reilly was also not in a position to be considered for the sub-committee as he is a Castlebar Mitchels club-mate of Declan Shaw, another of the nominees.
Seven weeks after Mayo exited the championship and James Horan ended his second term as Mayo manager a replacement has still to be found, a situation that Butler says isn’t ideal.
“The rules state that this is the process which must be followed and that’s exactly what’s being done. However, it is too drawn out and we should definitely look at shortening that going forward. Seven weeks leaves a lot of time for speculation and that’s of no benefit.”
The Mayo News understands that the five-person interview panel has been finalised — with Mayo GAA chairman Seamus Tuohy and Mayo GAA treasurer Valerie Murphy representing the County Board officers.
An ex-Mayo footballer is also among those who will interview the four applicants next weekend.
Each of the candidates will each give a 20-minute presentation which will be followed by a competency-based interview.
Butler expects the decision to be made soon after the interviews conclude.
“That will be the end of the process and we should have news early next week. We’re all looking forward to that and I’ve always said that we’ll eventually end up with the best man for the job.”



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