Lyons and Horan head Mayo list

Lyons and Horan head Mayo list

Mayo GAA chiefs will announce their new senior football boss after a county board meeting in McHale Park, Castlebar tonight.

A press conference is scheduled following the gathering where delegates are expected to ratify the recommendation of the selection committee.

Speculation was rife in the county last night about who had done enough to impress the five-man committee with James Horan and Tommy Lyons believed to be in pole position, ahead of Anthony McGarry.

Both men are believed to have outlined their respective plans and projected costings, as well as revealing the identity of their proposed backroom teams.

The selection committee (which includes three members of the Mayo GAA Board Executive – chairman James Waldron, treasurer JP Lambe and Youth Officer Pádraic Walsh, as well as Denis O’Boyle, chairperson of the Connacht Coach Education Committee, and Garrymore GAA club delegate John Farragher) will recommend a candidate for ratification later tonight.

This recommendation will be made, firstly, to the Mayo GAA executive and then to the County Board delegates of all the GAA clubs in the county.

Interestingly, the executive officers do not have the power to ratify or reject the selection committee’s recommendation.

However, delegates will have the final say in terms of the new Mayo manager when they vote on the name of the candidate put before them.

Meanwhile Derry football boss John Brennan is set to address clubs from throughout the county at a specially convened meeting in Owenbeg tonight.

A perceived conflict between the interests of clubs and county has often been cited as key factor in the county’s lack of silverware over the last decade and it is an issue that the Lavey man is intent on tackling at the start of his tenure.

Brennan was appointed as Damien Cassidy’s successor a fortnight ago and has invited the chairman, secretary and top-level manager from every club in Derry to tonight’s briefing.

"My view is that the clubs have to be more involved and sooner rather than later.

"I want to hear the views of the clubs and I want them putting their players forward for the county team. There’s been this thing of the clubs versus the county in Derry and that’s totally wrong, the clubs are the county.

"I want the clubs to feel that their say is being heard. People across the county want to see a successful Derry team but if they want improvement they have to be agreeable to releasing players when necessary. There has to be communication."

More in this Section

Boys in Green face March mission against SlovakiaBoys in Green face March mission against Slovakia

McCarthy ready to start afresh in MarchMcCarthy ready to start afresh in March

Ireland’s stunning fightback stuns SwedesIreland’s stunning fightback stuns Swedes

Championship 2020 set for West Cork ‘group of death’Championship 2020 set for West Cork ‘group of death’


Tis the season for sequins and excess, but minimalists can stick to their style guns in the season’s next level neutrals. From low-key glitz that’s perfect for party wear to the wardrobe heroes with trans-seasonal appeal, slide into neutral for maximum style with minimal effort. Carolyn Moore reports.Low-key glitz for minimalists with this season's neutrals

How to plump, hydrate and get rid of spots fast before your Christmas party.The Skin Nerd: Getting your quick fix for the festive party season

Irish photographer Seamus Murphy brought music star PJ Harvey to Afghanistan to film part of their documentary, writes Esther McCarthy.Headlong into the war zone in new documentary

Kya deLongchamps shows us how to champion our environmentWinter greens: How to champion our environment this season

More From The Irish Examiner