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Bad news for Mayo as Boyle fails to recover

MAYO look to have been dealt a blow ahead of Sunday's All-Ireland decider after it emerged half-back Colm Boyle has not fully recovered from the illness that ruled him out of their semi-final win over Dublin.

It is believed the Davitts man has not been able to shake off the virus and would not be able for 70 minutes. He may play a part, but it is unlikely to be from the start.

Boyle has been a key member of James Horan's team since the Ballintubber man took over as manager.

Belmullet's Chris Barrett is favourite to replace Boyle at left half-back after starting against the Dubs, although Castlebar's Richie Feeney is also in contention.

Feeney came on as a substitute for right half-back Lee Keegan in that game after he was hospitalised with a finger injury. The Westport man is expected to recover in time for Sunday.

Meanwhile, clubs in Roscommon have been given until the end of the month to submit nominations to find a replacement for Des Newton as senior football manager.

Newton stepped down from the position after just seven and a half months in the job after disappointing defeats to Galway and Tyrone in this year's SFC.

A five-man committee is being put together to select the new Roscommon manager, with county board chairman Michael Fahey and secretary Brian Stenson leading the search for Newton's replacement.

Last year's U-21 manager Nigel Dineen is among the favourites for the position, while former manager Fergal O'Donnell would prove a huge favourite among players and supporters.

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