Sunday 25 September 2016

Donie Buckley's future as Mayo coach in doubt

Published 15/09/2015 | 02:30

Doubts have emerged as to whether Donie Buckley will remain on as coach to the Mayo football team
Doubts have emerged as to whether Donie Buckley will remain on as coach to the Mayo football team

Doubts have emerged as to whether Donie Buckley will remain on as coach to the Mayo football team.

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Buckley has been part of the back-room team in Mayo for the last three years since James Horan invited him on board in a coaching capacity to replace Cian O'Neill.

He remained on when Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly took over in a joint capacity as Horan's replacement last September.

But there is strong speculation now that the Kerry native, who has been involved with the Kingdom in the past and was also a joint-manager with Clare, will bring to an end his Mayo involvement.

Mayo PRO Aiden McLoughlin said last night that the board had received no formal notification of Buckley's departure. The future of strength and conditioning coach Barry Solan is also unclear.

Solan linked up with Arsenal in a similar capacity during the summer and committed to work with his native county until the end of the season.

The board are expected to review all aspects of 2015 with the joint-managers and representatives of the squad in the coming weeks.

Mayo retained their Connacht title for a fifth successive year but the management have shipped some criticism for aspects of their tactical approach to last week's since their All-Ireland semi-final replay defeat to Dublin.

County board chairman Mike Connelly expressed the hope last week that both Buckley and Solan would be on board in 2016.Connelly, brother of Noel, said the joint managers had a three-year agreement with Mayo.

Former Clare All-Ireland winning strength and conditioning coach Joe O'Connor is to take over from Mark Lyons as part of changes to the Limerick senior hurling management. Also joining the management team is outgoing intermediate boss Don Flynn who'll be one of three selectors alongside Dave Clarke and manager TJ Ryan.

Irish Independent

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