MEETING THE CLUBS Mayo manager Kevin McStay attended last week’s County Board meeting. Pic: Sportsfile
MAYO manager Kevin McStay believes that the key to achieving success and becoming ‘a formidable force’ during his time in charge is ensuring that ‘all members of the Mayo GAA family’ are ‘going in the same direction’.
McStay made his comments when addressing club delegates at Wednesday night’s monthly meeting of the Mayo GAA Board at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park in Castlebar.
“I think it's fair to say that Mayo is a strong organisation. It's a big brand and when we all team together, we're a formidable force,” he said. “And this, I think, is key now to what we want to do over the next few years, that all members of the Mayo GAA family, the supporters, the county board, the players and the team management, we have to be going in the same direction.
“We must have positive relationships with all stakeholders.
“And I’m committed as your manager, to that end, to work really, really hard on those relationships.”
The Mayo boss, who was appointed nine weeks ago, spoke for just over five minutes.
He began by thanking the clubs of Mayo for their ‘confidence’ and the ‘vote of support’ they had given him and his management team with a four-year term.
“I think it's fair to say this isn't a meeting that I ever thought I’d be invited to attend,” he smiled.
“So first of all, I want to convey my thanks to Seamus [Tuohy, Mayo GAA chairperson] and his officers for their kind invitation, I’m absolutely thrilled to be here tonight.
“To be appointed as manager of the Mayo senior footballers is a career highlight for me. And it's a great honour for myself, my family, and my friends.
“I'm sure somebody will recall my father [Kevin Snr] was serving President of this Board when he died in 2001. So as you can appreciate, I'm sure, that myself and my family have always felt very close to Mayo GAA.
“And I want to assure all of you present that I will consider my responsibilities as your senior manager very carefully, and I will take my responsibilities very seriously.”
The Ballina native went on to explain that the Mayo senior set-up was ‘nearly fully operational now as a functioning group’ and he confirmed that pre-season collective training would begin for the new Mayo squad on Wednesday, November 30.
“We've been scouting the club championships. Twenty-four games every weekend is not simple, but we've broken them down and and got reports from every one of them.
“We’ve just selected the pre-season panel over the last few weeks, that's complete now. We’ve finished the schedule right up to the end of the National League, and we're just waiting now for the National League draw to see who we're playing.
“Last weekend we met the panel for the first time here in this room,” he added. “We respected fully their commitment to their big matches [County Finals] this weekend. So we're nearly there now.”
McStay also told delegates that he was ‘working very closely’ with Mayo Under-20 manager, Maurice Sheridan.
“I see this as a key working relationship for both of us because this is the pathway to the senior team,” he said.
“This is where the talent is going to come through from. And indeed, we have a number of Maurice’s panel with us, and we’ll have them in the coming months.
“No pressure on Maurice, but we’re expecting a great flow of talent to come through in the next couple of years,” added McStay.
He rounded off his address by giving the delegates some ‘dates for their diaries’, referencing Mayo’s opening FBD League match on January 14 next at the Connacht GAA Dome; the start of the National League on the last weekend in January; and the Connacht SFC quarter-final against Roscommon on Saturday, April 9 in Castlebar.
“I started by saying I'm delighted to be here to give you a progress report on what we’ve done,” he remarked. “It's a great privilege for me to to address the delegates and I look forward to seeing you all at the games as they commence.”
McStay then received a warm round of applause from club delegates, who had been informed in advance by a County Board official that they would not be permitted to ask any questions.
“This isn’t a meeting that I ever thought I’d be invited to attend”
Mayo manager Kevin McStay at the start of his address to delegates at last week’s County Board meeting
SURPLUS in the Mayo GAA accounts for the eleven months to August 31 last.
This was up by €429,981 on the previous month. No questions were asked by delegates on the financial report so no explanation was given for the increase.
CLUB DEVELOPMENT DRAW
THE last of the Cairde Maigh Eo Club Development Draws took place recently.
Club delegates were informed last week that 6,934 tickets were sold, of which 437 were sold online.
In 2021, 6,615 tickets were sold, of which 470 were sold online.
MAYO HURLING MANAGER NEWS
THE new Mayo senior hurling management was ratified at last week’s meeting.
As reported in last week’s Mayo News, Dave McConn and Tom Philips from Ballyhaunis were appointed in a joint management capacity. The duo will take over from Derek Walsh.
Mayo GAA are currently recruiting for a Hurling Games Promotion Officer.