John Maughan is poised for a return to the Mayo sideline having emerged as the frontrunner for the county’s vacant U21 manager’s position.
Maughan, nominated by Crossmolina to fill the U21 football post vacated by Niall Heffernan, has been absent from the inter-county scene since resigning as Roscommon boss in 2008.
The former Mayo senior manager will go before the four-man selection committee next week. Mike Solan and former Mayo footballer Anthony McGarry have also been nominated for the job.
“The interviews will take place next week and we hope to have the position filled before the October meeting of the Mayo County Board which is likely to take place on the second Wednesday of next month,” said Mayo chairman Mike Connelly.
“This will be a fully transparent process, with an independent human resources specialist sitting on the selection committee. I, myself, won’t be on the selection committee, but have every faith the correct man will be chosen.” Maughan, who enjoyed two stints in charge of his native county, the second ending in 2005, led Mayo to four Connacht crowns and three All-Ireland final appearances in 1996, ’97 and ‘04.
He also guided the county to the All-Ireland U21 decider in 2004.
Presently involved in the training of the Achill junior football team, Maughan has also previously managed both the Clare and Fermanagh senior teams.
Meanwhile, two-time All Star Limerick goalkeeper Joe Quaid is the favourite to become the next Kildare hurling manager. Quaid has met with the selection committee and put forward his proposal to develop the county’s flagship hurling team.
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