Executive meeting could be decisive

November 8, 2018

Mayo GAA officers meet as management race hots up

Mike Finnerty (Mayo News)

THE executive officers of the Mayo GAA Board will meet tonight (Tuesday) to discuss the Mayo senior team manager issue as debate continues to rage over who should ultimately get the job.
There is not unanimous agreement among the principal officers of the Mayo GAA Board about the direction the appointment process should take.
The executive met eight days ago for an hour in Castlebar where it was confirmed that former Mayo footballers James Horan, Anthony McGarry and Denis Kearney are all interested in the post while John Maughan was also nominated by at least one club.
The meeting was also informed by Mayo GAA Chairman, James Waldron, that former Kerry manager, Mick O’Dwyer, was interested in the vacant post.
The Mayo News understands that there was considerable opposition from the majority of the executive officers to the idea of ‘an outside manager’ succeeding John O’Mahony.
However, this newspaper has also learned that ‘campaigning’ has started around the county to convince some club officials that Mick O’Dwyer is the ‘right man’ for the job ahead of a full County Board meeting of club delegates next Monday night.
But it was reported yesterday (Monday) that there was a “strong possibility” Mick O’Dwyer would be ratified for a fifth season as Wicklow manager.
Last Sunday’s Mayo senior club championship quarter-finals in Castlebar were also watched by Mayo native Arthur French who served as O’Dwyer’s assistant in Wicklow.
Meanwhile, Anthony McGarry has spoken publicly for the first time about his interest in the job. “I’m running my own business, I can manage my own time, and I feel it’s the right time for me,” the Kilfian native told The Mayo News.
“I’m in it because I want to do the job. I’d like to get the job, I hope I get the job.”