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No manager crisis, insists Mayo's Brogan

The chairperson of the Mayo Ladies Football Board insists there is no crisis in the county despite the failure to appoint a senior team manager with just four days remaining to the commencement of the NFL.

Caroline Brogan was responding to criticism of the failure by the ladies' game's most celebrated player Cora Staunton who has described the delay as "an embarrassment" the county.

Staunton underwent a cruciate ligament operation over the weekend and will miss much, if not all, of the season.

But she has intimated that if the current manager Frank Browne is not reappointed she would "seriously consider" her future as a Mayo ladies footballer.

In her defence Caroline Brogan says she was only appointed to the position of chairperson in Mayo on December 8 and has endured a tough time personally in the intervening period which has contributed to the delay.

Browne, who guided Mayo to last year's league title, Connacht championship and to an All-Ireland final defeat to Cork, is still waiting to hear if he will be reappointed but there is much speculation that he will be replaced.

Staunton said she was under the impression that the Wexford native had a three-year contract.

"What the players want in Mayo is some consistency in management. We don't want to be changing every year. Frank came in and delivered two of the three titles we played for in '07," she pointed out. "Now there is the prospect of change again."

Mayo have not trained since before the All-Ireland final last October and there is strong concern among the playing group that their defence of the League is already in trouble without preparation. A board meeting to resolve the management issue was cancelled on Monday night and will now take place tonight instead.

Brogan says a manager will be appointed tonight when she will also outline what the personal reasons were that affected her participation in the selection process.

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"I only took over on December 8," she said. "On the night it was proposed from the floor that an interview panel be set up to appoint a manager. In the meantime I got sick and had to spend two weeks in hospital.

"When I got out I then suffered a family bereavement and I also had a holiday that I wasn't going to shelve.

"We had to go through the interview process. There were other candidates but we will be ready to appoint tonight."

The chairperson added that it was "no big deal" and that like everyone else she was "only human".

"If I recall last year a manager was only put in place some two weeks before the League, which Mayo won."


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