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Thursday 16 August 2018

Mayo boss to be named tonight

MAYO chairman James Waldron was keeping his powder dry today amid feverish speculation over the identity of the county's next senior football manager, with all to be revealed at a county board meeting tonight.

The race to succeed John O'Mahony has been distilled down to three candidates -- former Dublin boss Tommy Lyons and two ex-Mayo players, James Horan and Anthony McGarry -- with conflicting signals emerging over who has been chosen by the sub-committee entrusted with sourcing a new manager.

County board chief Waldron is the king-maker but he, too, was giving nothing away this morning. "No comment on anything until after the county board meeting," he told the Evening Herald.

However, Waldron confirmed that Lyons met the five-man sub-committee last night while Horan and McGarry were interviewed on Monday.





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Lyons, who led Offaly and Dublin to Leinster titles but hasn't managed at inter-county level since 2004, emerged as the short-odds favourite in the wake of John Maughan's decision to withdraw his candidacy last week.

However, in recent days, there has been a growing groundswell of grassroots support for Horan after the two-time All Star forward masterminded Ballintubber's surprising run to the Mayo SFC final, where they will face Castlebar Mitchels.

Some media reports were today suggesting that Horan has come with a late burst to overtake Lyons and will be proposed for ratification by club delegates tonight.

This view is supported by some Mayo sources whereas others are loath to second-guess the choice of Waldron & Co, especially given that Lyons only underwent his final interview last night.

Another imponderable regards the identity of each candidate's management team. James Nallen has been touted for a possible backroom role with Horan. Declan Ronaldson -- a former Mayo minor and U21 manager, and father of senior player Mark -- has been linked with 'Team Lyons' even though his backroom team has remains shrouded in mystery.

Even though McGarry remains the outsider in this three-horse field, the former Mayo player has assembled a very strong backroom team reportedly including Kevin O'Neill, Kenneth Mortimer and Pat Fallon.

Waldron would only confirm today that it was still "the intention" to bring forward a name for ratification tonight. As they say, all to be revealed.

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