Tuesday, September 02, 2014


Kevin McStay and Pat Holmes are in the running to replace James Horan as Mayo GAA manager, the Irish Examiner reports.

McStay put his cards on the table on The Sunday Game when he said he would like to be at least considered for the role. “I hope I might have the respect of the Mayo GAA public, at least I might get a phone call.”

Having led St Brigid’s to an All-Ireland title last year with Liam McHale as coach, McStay’s credentials are obvious and his ticket would again feature his brother-in-law, who served as a Mayo selector under John Maughan in the 2000s.

However, former Mayo manager Holmes is considered a significant candidate for the role. Westport-based Holmes guided Castlebar Mitchels to a surprise All-Ireland club final earlier this year. Along with Ray Connelly, he won four Connacht titles and an All-Ireland club crown between 2005 and 2009.

Connelly may again be factored in as a part of Holmes’ set-up. His brother Mike is the current vice-chairman of the board. It’s also understood minor manager Enda Gilvary’s name has been mentioned in dispatches.

John Maughan has privately refused to rule out a third term as Mayo manager, having been in charge at periods in the last two decades.

Resources may also be a sticking point for Horan’s replacement as the board intends cutting overheads.



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