The interview process was due to begin tonight to find Joe Kernan’s successor, but as one member of the interview committee is unavailable, the five candidates will not be vetted until early next week.
Seamus O’Grady, the secretary of the Galway football board, said they expect to reach their decision in the next week.
“The committee will meet this week to decide on the process. None of the interviews have been conducted yet, but I expect that we will complete the process over a couple of days next week.
“Hopefully we’ll have them completed by Monday or Tuesday,” he said.
According to the bookies, the battle is a two-man race with minor manager Gerry Fahy quoted at 8/11, while former Westmeath manager Tomás O Flatharta is also strongly fancied at even money.
Former Mayo midfielder, Pat Fallon, who took Barna to the semi-finals of the Galway SFC for the first time this year, is also in the running along with Annaghdown’s Matt Duggan and Peter Warren, who was a selector with John O’Mahony when Galway won the All-Ireland title in 1998 and 2001.
Meanwhile the five-man committee set up to interview the four remaining candidates for the Mayo football manager’s job has been finalised. The committee will include three members of the Mayo GAA Board Executive – Chairman James Waldron, Treasurer JP Lambe and Youth Officer Pádraic Walsh. They will be joined by Denis O’Boyle, Chairperson of the Connacht Coach Education Committee, and Garrymore GAA Club delegate John Farragher. James Waldron told Tuesday night’s meeting of Mayo GAA Board that members of the Executive had spoken to four candidates, John Maughan, James Horan, Anthony McGarry and Tommy Lyons. Denis Kearney has withdrawn from the contest.