Thursday 22 March 2018

Mayo seek facilitator to 'tease out issues' to avoid repeat episode

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Former Mayo joint-managers Pat Holmes (left) and Noel Connelly:
Former Mayo joint-managers Pat Holmes (left) and Noel Connelly:
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Mayo have sought a facilitator to develop a "road map" that ensures the events that led to the recent resignation of joint-managers Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly never happen again.

County board chairman Mike Connelly, brother of Noel, has told Mayo clubs in a statement that he has already sought the guidance of the managing director of sponsors Elvery's Sports, Pat Rowland, to help with the provision of a facilitator between players and county board to avoid a repeat of what has taken place in recent weeks.

Mayo are seeking nominations of the vacant position by Sunday, November 1. Stephen Rochford, who guided Corofin to an All-Ireland club title in March, remains the leading candidate and could be in place by the middle of next month.

The Mayo chairman hopes a facilitator can "tease out the issues and provide a charter that is acceptable to the players and the county board", adding: "If there's issues in the future, there will be a road map to solving the issues internally."

Connelly revealed that some members of the Mayo executive had "tears running down their faces" as Holmes read out a resignation letter at a meeting on Friday, October 2.

Connelly is keen to move on from the controversy. "We don't know why this all happened, but does it make any difference at this stage? Knowing the reasons is not going to change anything."

Meanwhile, former Kildare football boss Jason Ryan has been linked with a surprise role alongside Tipperary's hurling manager Michael Ryan, who hopes to present a backroom team for ratification at next week's county board meeting. It is understood that 2010 All-Ireland winners Paul Curran and Declan Fanning are on board again for next season.

Irish Independent

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