Monday 18 November 2019

Stephen Rochford clear favourite for Mayo job

Stephen Rochford has been named as the clear favourite for Mayo manager
Stephen Rochford has been named as the clear favourite for Mayo manager
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Stephen Rochford has emerged as the clear frontrunner to be appointed the new Mayo football manager.

One bookmaking firm announced yesterday that it had suspended betting on the current Corofin manager taking charge of the Connacht champions after a player heave saw Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly step down.

Rochford, who has previously been involved with the Mayo minors, guided Galway outfit Corofin to an All-Ireland club title last March as they swept past Derry's Slaughtneil.

And the Crossmolina native was backed into 1/4 from 11/8 before Paddy Power pulled the market on Sunday night. The possible appointment of Rochford to the Mayo hot seat adds a new dimension to the Galway SFC final on Sunday that sees his Corofin side out to defend their title against Mountbellew-Moylough in Tuam.

Elsewhere, Kildare are set to rubberstamp the appointment of Cian O'Neill as new county senior football manager for a three-year term at a full county board meeting tonight.

O'Neill's backroom team is also taking shape with Brian Murphy set to form part of the set-up.

Last night, Fergal O'Donnell and Kevin McStay were ratified as joint-managers of the Roscommon senior football team. They will be assisted by selector Stephen Bohan with coaches David Casey and Liam McHale among the backroom team.

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