Monday 16 July 2018

Rochford set to see out third year as Mayo manager

Rochford is on the cusp of agreeing to fulfil the final year of his initial three-year agreement. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Rochford is on the cusp of agreeing to fulfil the final year of his initial three-year agreement. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Stephen Rochford is likely to be confirmed as Mayo manager in 2018 at a county board meeting expected to take place tomorrow.

Rochford said in the aftermath of last month's All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin that he would take the month of October to consider his future. However, that decision appears to have been taken with Rochford on the cusp of agreeing to fulfil the final year of his initial three-year agreement.

There is no firm indication yet that Donie Buckley and Tony McEntee will be part of the backroom team but the expectation is that, despite the extensive travel involved for them, they will rejoin Rochford in seeing out the term.

Buckley has been involved for the last five years and had previously worked with James Horan and joint-managers Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly.

commute He is based in Ennis but the opening of the new motorway through Galway it will make his commute that bit easier. McEntee came on board in late 2015 with Rochford.

Strength and conditioning coach Barry Solan may have to take a reduced role in the future because of his ongoing commitments to Arsenal in a similar role. Solan had been flying in and out at weekend for much of last year with Conor Finn overseeing much of the fitness work in between and he looks like he will take a step forward.

Andy Moran committed quickly to 2018 but after Ballintubber's loss in Sunday's county final Alan Dillon may opt to bring his inter-county career to a close.

Meanwhile, Aidan O'Shea will be named as Irish International Rules captain tomorrow for the two-Test series with Australia next month, the first Mayo man to have the role.

O'Shea will be joined by defensive colleagues Brendan Harrison and Chris Barrett.

Meanwhile, Tyrone man Cathal Corey has been confirmed as the new Sligo senior football manager.

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