Sunday 25 March 2018

McHale out of running for Mayo job to remain with Clare

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

LIAM McHale is a non-runner for the vacant Mayo senior football job after committing himself to another year as a Clare senior football selector.

Banner boss Micheal McDermott and his back-room team of McHale and James Horan have been ratified for another season, ruling the Ballina dual star out of contention to replace John O'Mahony.

"The County Board wanted it put to bed before the club championship got going, so it would give us the opportunity to look closely at championship matches to help us build a panel," McDermott said.

"Liam is very committed to the cause and enjoyed it last year. The reaction of the players was that they enjoyed the work he did, and the three of us on the management team got on very well together and now hope to build on last year."

Elsewhere, Fermanagh are also looking for a new football manager after Malachy O'Rourke stepped down to end his three-year reign.


In his first season as manager Fermanagh earned promotion from Division 3 and a first Ulster final appearance in 26 years, but they were heavily defeated by Monaghan this year before bowing out to Armagh in the qualifiers.

A Fermanagh statement yesterday thanked O'Rourke and his back-room team and said the county's management committee will meet to put in place a process to appoint his successor.

Meanwhile, Jim McGuinness looks set to be installed as Donegal's new manager. He is meeting with the Donegal executive tonight and his appointment as John Joe Doherty's replacement looks set to be ratified by the clubs on Monday.

McGuinness' appointment is being fast-tracked as the next board meeting is not until September 6 and he is keen to start working as soon as possible. He is the only nomination for the job.

"I don't want to get too far ahead of myself, but behind the scenes we'd be foolish not to be planning," he said. "I feel there's a need for an extensive conditioning programme for the winter months."

McGuinness led the county to this year's All-Ireland U-21 final and wants to retain his U-21 role. After Doherty and Declan Bonner, he will become the third member of Donegal's 1992 All-Ireland-winning team to manage the county's seniors.

Irish Independent

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