THE pieces of Eamonn Fitzmaurice's management team continue to fall into place this week with the expectation that respected sports coach Cian O'Neill will join the management ticket as the team's physical trainer.
O'Neill experienced disappointment at the weekend with Mayo losing the All-Ireland final, as the Kildare native was the team's physical coach under manager James Horan, but the Limerick based O'Neill is expected to swap the green and red of Mayo for the green and gold of Kerry for the next three years.
O'Neill's focus in recent weeks has been on preparing Mayo for the All-Ireland final but it's understood that tentative contact was made with O'Neill in the last couple of weeks and the University of Limerick lecturer has agreed in principle to come on board with Fitzmaurice in a physical trainer / team coach type role.
Prior to his one season with the Mayo footballers O'Neill spent three years as coach to the Tipperary senior hurling panel. With the Premier county hurlers reaching three successive All-Ireland Finals in those years it means O'Neill has experienced four All-Ireland Finals in the last four years.
Players who have worked under O'Neill's methods have spokely very highly of the Kildare man, and it seems that the journey from his Limerick home to Tralee and Killarney was more attractive than his twice weekly trip to Castlebar this last year, while the opportunity to work with the footballers as part of a new management team was too good to pass up.
Meanwhile, it looks like Fitzmaurice might not be able to convince Seamus Moynihan to join the management ticket as a selector, with the Glenflesk man thought to be set to decline the new manager's approaches. Family and work commitments are understood to be serious stumbling blocks for Moynihan, which could mean Fitzmaurice will just stick with Mikey Sheehy and Diarmuid Murphy as his selectors.
Fitzmaurice is set to put his management team to the county colmmittee meeting on October 15 for ratification by club delegates.