Saturday 20 January 2018

Lyons remains front-runner as Mayo poised to name new boss

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Mayo County Board have called a press conference for tonight at 9.0 to unveil their next senior football manager.

Earlier in the evening, the management committee and the full Board will convene to rubber-stamp the recommendation of the five-man committee.

Three candidates have been interviewed and Tommy Lyons, the former Dublin and Offaly manager, remains the favourite.

However, support for James Horan appears to have grown over the weekend since John Maughan withdrew his name following a conversation with the chairman.

It is understood that Maughan did not feel he was in the running, given the way the selection committee was set up.

The third candidate, Anthony McGarry, is believed to have assembled quite a strong back-room team with the names of Kevin O'Neill, Kenneth Mortimer and Pat Fallon all mentioned.


Fallon withdrew his candidacy from the Galway nomination process earlier this week.

The speed with which the County Board has moved to appoint a successor to John O'Mahony has caught everyone in Mayo by surprise. O'Mahony stepped down in June after defeat to Longford.

Horan has impressed with Ballintubber, who reached the county final over the weekend.

Lyons was only due to be interviewed last night, but all the candidates have had preliminary discussions in recent weeks.

The detail of Lyons' potential back-room team is not clear, but one of the names circulating is Declan Ronaldson, a well respected coach, who has been involved with the county minor team in the past.

The Mayo Board meeting is scheduled to start at 7.0 when the name will be unveiled and clubs will have the choice to back the proposal or not.

Lyons' three-year term with Dublin ended in 2004, two years after he had delivered the county's first Leinster title in seven years.

Irish Independent

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