Monday, February 01, 2021

The new Mayo ladies manager Michael Moyles has brought some big names into his backroom team. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

There will be no fewer than three former Mayo senior men’s footballers involved in the backroom team for the Mayo ladies senior team in 2021. Michael Moyles, himself a former Mayo senior footballer, was ratified in the role on Saturday evening and has confirmed his extended backroom team for the coming year.

The management set-up will include former Mayo stars Ger Cafferkey, Evan Regan and Austin O’Malley. Also on board is Terry Kennedy, the highly-regarded basketball coach from Ballina who worked with Moyles during their time with Knockmore in 2019 and has also done coaching work with the Mayo senior men’s team.

It was announced on Saturday evening that Moyles’ coaching staff will include Aidan McLoughlin from Swinford (the former Mayo County Board PRO), former Fermanagh senior captain and Castlebar coach Marita McDonald and Tom Carney from Ballinrobe. Conor Finn is also back on board as the team’s S&C coach.

Regan was involved in the ladies team last year as a nutritionist, while Cafferkey, who retired from inter-county football in 2019, was part of the Mayo men’s backroom team in 2020 as a behaviours coach. O’Malley, meanwhile, has been heavily involved in Mayo academy squads in recent years, among other postings.

“Austin O’Malley will have a huge role, he’s coming in from the high-performance coaching background, helping to get people into the thought process of a team environment and togetherness,” said Moyles.

“Evan was brought in last year and the girls rave about him, how the nutrition has improved their game.

“Ger Cafferkey is in to work as part of the video analysis team. As Ger as would admit himself, he’s a bit of a nerd! He likes spreadsheets and data. That’s brilliant for me as a coach, that we can have a phone call and he has broken down the last game, or an opponents’ game.

“I’ve had zoom calls with Ger that have gone on for hours, I’m just engrossed with what he has to offer. It’s cutting edge. It’s feedback for players in black and white.”

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