Sunday 25 February 2018

Stephen Rochford receives a two year extension from Mayo county board

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford poses for a portrait following a press conference ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final at Breaffy House Hotel in Breaffy, Co Mayo. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Mayo manager Stephen Rochford poses for a portrait following a press conference ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final at Breaffy House Hotel in Breaffy, Co Mayo. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
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Mayo county board have ratified a two-year extension for manager Stephen Rochford following a county board meeting that will see the Crossmolina clubman stay at the helm until 2020.

Rochford has brought Mayo to two All-Ireland finals in the last three years since taking charge of the senior football team in December 2015.

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.

As reported by the Irish Independent's Colm Keys, 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.

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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