Manic Manager Monday
News filters through that Stephen Rochford has fallen out with the Mayo County Board and tendered his resignation. Those Mayo lads will do anything to stay in the limelight in the build-up to an All-Ireland final!
On a serious note, despite the fact that Rochford had established Mayo as the only serious contenders to Dublin in the last couple of years, he didn’t feel he had the full support of the County Board when it came to new backroom team appointments ahead of 2019. James Horan, who resigned as Mayo manager in 2014, is the early favourite to replace him on the Mayo manager merry-go-round while former Donegal boss turned soccer coach, Jim McGuinness, has also been mentioned.
Meanwhile over in Old Trafford, José Mourinho, who has guided Manchester United to second place in Manchester for the last three years, stormed out of a press conference following his side’s 3-0 defeat at home to Spurs.
While it’s difficult to have sympathy with the ‘Surly One’ at times, the great English football media pack certainly seem intent on seeing José get the sack.
Maybe José could take a leaf out of Tyrone manager Mickey Harte’s book. Harte continues to blank RTÉ following an ill-advised skit on the John Murray show in 2011 but he did appear in the powerful TG4 documentary on Tyrone’s minor teams of 2007 and 2008 midweek. More Tyrone mind games? Expect beards at Croker on Sunday!
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill announced his squad for the upcoming games against Wales and Poland on Monday night, but it was the comments he made in relation to Declan Rice which were still being discussed on Tuesday.
English born Rice, who has three Ireland caps from recent friendlies, is “deliberating” his international future seemingly and that led to some tough love from former internationals including ‘Mayo man’ Kevin Kilbane. Maybe it’s time we took a leaf out of Iceland’s book and focussed on grassroots football rather than the ‘Granny Rule’ in this country? (P.S. Jim McGuinness has coaching badges!)
‘What Story?’ Wednesday
Roscommon GAA PRO Hugh Lynn had this to say regarding any links between Kevin McStay and the Mayo vacancy on Wednesday: “Kevin McStay is the Roscommon manager and as far as Roscommon GAA is concerned will continue to be the Roscommon manager”. Hopefully the Mayo County Board didn’t delete James Horan’s number following their break-up back in 2014!