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O'Dwyer poised to stay with Wicklow

WICKLOW have moved one giant step closer to securing the services of Mick O'Dwyer for a fifth season.

The Kerryman has officially withdrawn from the race to become Mayo's next football manager while it has also emerged that the Wicklow county board will hold a press conference tomorrow night.

All this points towards the increasing likelihood that O'Dwyer will be staying at the Garden County helm.

Wicklow PRO Pat Mitchell confirmed there will be a press announcement at the Arklow Bay Hotel tomorrow night. He declined to comment further but indicated that this will be "the end of the matter".

O'Dwyer's managerial future has sparked debate all summer, with his name linked to the Mayo position and also, to a lesser extent, Limerick and Monaghan.

Wicklow had hoped to confirm his reappointment at a county board meeting two weeks ago, only for the 74-year-old veteran to request another ten days to mull over his future.

Meanwhile, Mayo secretary Seán Feeney today confirmed O'Dwyer's exit from the race to succeed John O'Mahony, leaving six candidates to be interviewed including two-time former boss John Maughan and ex-Dublin managers Tommy Lyons and Tom Carr.