Wednesday 17 January 2018

Micko undecided on mayo job

MICK O'Dwyer would "take Kilkenny as quick as he'd take Mayo" as speculation regarding his managerial future continued apace yesterday, WRITES Donnchadh Boyle.

Predictably, the Waterville man has been linked with a handful of counties but O'Dwyer is one of five nominations to succeed John O'Mahony. O'Dwyer is currently managing home club Waterville on a stand-in basis and claimed he still has the 'hunger' to manage at the highest level.

"I have no decision made. I have had a word with a few in the last six months but I have made no decision," he said.

"The 32 counties in Ireland would be appealing to me -- I'd take Kilkenny as quick as I'd take Mayo if I got a notion. And I've proven that -- I took Kildare when they were down, I took Laois when they were down and I took Wicklow. It wouldn't matter one way or the other. I love training teams, I'm back training my old club in Waterville and I still get a buzz out of it."

O'Dwyer did hint that Mayo have a deep pool of talent and should have won at least one All-Ireland since their last success in 1951.

"Mayo think they're up there (competing for All-Irelands) all the time. They are producing great underage players and it's amazing they haven't achieved. I suppose they should have won an All- Ireland in 1996 when Meath beat them. They have the players, maybe too many players."

Irish Independent

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