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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Fans' favourite O'Dwyer heads five-strong list for Mayo post

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Mick O'Dwyer is one of five names that have been officially nominated by clubs for the vacant Mayo management position.

The deadline for nominations was Monday last and when the executive met that night, O'Dwyer was in the frame along with former manager John Maughan, Denis Kearney and former players Anthony McGarry and James Horan.

It is understood that O'Dwyer has the backing of some members of the executive but there is also opposition to the appointment of an 'outside' manager from prominent board officials.

O'Dwyer has not commented on his future but is understood to be interested in Mayo. Members of the Dublin-based supporters club are thought to be keen on seeing the former Kerry maestro in the role.

A county board meeting on Monday week is expected to hear progress on the appointment process following an executive meeting next week. Maughan, favoured by some on the executive, is included despite indicating that he is not interested in a third stint.

Interest

Any selection committee that is formed to find a successor to John O'Mahony has the facility to go outside the five names proposed. Nominations were to include an expression of interest from the candidate, which hardens a belief that O'Dwyer could be tempted.

Some in Mayo will be disappointed that the names of Noel Connelly, Peter Ford and Ray Dempsey have not been included, as they were felt to be the front-runners. But clearly they are not interested at this stage.

In Meath, the management committee of the county board will propose a 12-month extension to Eamonn O'Brien's reign as manager on Monday week.

The proposal from the management means that O'Brien has conveyed an interest in staying. He must find a replacement for his physical trainer, however, after Sean Kelly's departure. Kelly had been involved for just one year.

Irish Independent

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