Saturday 20 January 2018

Mayo chairman survives stormy county board meeting

There has been widespread disquiet that Kevin McStay was rejected without any interviews taking place
There has been widespread disquiet that Kevin McStay was rejected without any interviews taking place
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

MAYO GAA chairman Paddy McNicholas survived a stormy county board meeting last night amid tension over how the county's new senior football management was appointed.

There was annoyance that Kevin McStay was rejected without any interviews taking place when Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes were jointly appointed last weekend.

McNicholas confirmed that an executive meeting on Friday night had agreed to put an interview process in place.

He said he had contacted McStay the next day and told him that some elements of the plan he had put to the executive initially were "not acceptable" and asked if he would alter them, but McStay was not willing to change.

He said he rang him a second time on Saturday about setting up an interview but that McStay felt there was little point at that stage as he did not want to change his package.

McNicholas admitted that a statement later that day, saying that Connelly and Holmes' appointment had been approved by the county executive, was inaccurate as only three members had sanctioned it.

But he said there was "no conspiracy" to mislead people and that the statement was just clumsily worded. McStay's club Ballina led the criticism last night. McNicholas' repeated defence was that some aspects of McStay's package were "unacceptable", though he would not elaborate.

No vote of 'no confidence' was proposed but McNicholas conceded that the matter was badly handled and said he is prepared to issue an apology to McStay.

The meeting then ratified a three-year term for Connelly and Holmes.

Irish Independent

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