Sunday 18 March 2018

Rochford set to take over in Mayo after player revolt

Manager Stephen Rochford
Manager Stephen Rochford

Martin Breheny and Colm Keys

Stephen Rochford is set to take over as Mayo football manager after being the sole nomination for a vacancy which arose following a player revolt against Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly.

Rochford, the current manager of Galway champions, Corofin, whom he led to All-Ireland glory last March, is expected to meet Mayo County Board officials shortly to discuss his backroom team.

A native of Crossmolina, Rochford has done an excellent job with Corofin, who retained the Galway title this year, leaving them as favourites to again win the Connacht title and bid to retain the All-Ireland crown.

He has stated categorically in recent weeks that he would love to manage Mayo at some stage. His big chance has now arrived as he was the only nominee for the prestigious position when nominations closed last night.

He is expected to remain in charge of Corofin for as long as their interest in the Connacht and All-Ireland SFC last.

Tipperary are also on the verge of appointing a new football manager, with former Limerick and Laois boss Liam Kearns set to replace Peter Creedon.

Meanwhile, the Cork County Board last night insisted the Pairc Ui Chaoimh redevelopment meets all the conditions for State funding. It follows a report the €30m Government grant allocated for the project is being investigated by the EU on the grounds it may violate the rules on State aid.

Cork are adamant the grant meets the criteria under the public spending code

"The Board has been made aware of a process that has to be undertaken by Government with the EU with regard to State aid. The Board and the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport are working closely together and the Board anticipates a speedy and successful conclusion to the process," read a county board statement.

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