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Former under 21 bosses Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes tipped as new joint managers of Mayo

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 Mayo manager Pat Holmes celebrates with Noel Connelly, left, after the game. Cadbury's All-Ireland U21 Football Final, Cork v Mayo in 2006

Mayo manager Pat Holmes celebrates with Noel Connelly, left, after the game. Cadbury's All-Ireland U21 Football Final, Cork v Mayo in 2006

Mayo manager Pat Holmes celebrates with Noel Connelly, left, after the game. Cadbury's All-Ireland U21 Football Final, Cork v Mayo in 2006

MAYO'S former All-Ireland U21 management of Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes are being tipped to take over jointly as the county's new senior football management.

The county board has confirmed that it received two nominations for the senior vacancy before yesterday's deadline for nominations from the clubs; Kevin McStay and a joint nomination for Connelly and Holmes.

RTE pundit McStay, who led Roscommon club St Brigid's to All-Ireland club glory, has made no secret of his interest in the job.

But this confirms that the pair who led the county to All-Ireland U21 glory in 2006 also want it and they are believed to garner a lot of support.

They jointly managed many of the current team during their three years in charge of the U21s and since then have also both been involved prominently with local club teams.

Holmes, who also managed the Mayo seniors before (1999-2002), led Castlebar Mitchels to the All-Ireland club final last year.

Connelly is currently managing Hollymount/Carramore who have reached this year's  county intermediate semi-finals and he has also been involved with Mayo development squads in recent years.

In neighbouring Galway, Kevin Walsh looks set to be appointed to replace outgoing football boss Alan Mulholland as the only other nominee - Pete Warren - has withdrawn from the running.

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