It was widely known that an announcement about Stephen Rochford’s future as Mayo manager was expected this week and all the noises in advance pointed to the likelihood that he would be staying on. There was, though, no indication that he’d be willing to extend his tenure in the post so this evening’s confirmation from Mayo GAA that he’s agreed to remain on until 2020 comes as a pleasant surprise.
Here’s the official announcement from Mayo GAA:
Following a Co board meeting tonight Stephen Rochford has been given two year extension to his current deal, he has been ratified until 2020
— Mayo GAA (@MayoGAA) October 25, 2017
This is obviously great news, not just for our prospects in 2018 but also because of the stability it provides into the medium-term, at a time when we’re likely to see substantial turnover on the player side.
The one issue left to sort – and it’s a significant one – is the make-up of Stephen’s backroom team. Most focus in this regard is on key lieutenants Donie Buckley and Tony McEntee and hopefully it’ll be confirmed soon that they’ll be on board with the manager for the coming year at least. Fingers crossed in that respect.
At tonight’s County Board meeting it was also announced that Kiltimagh’s Tomás Morley has been appointed manager of the county’s U17 (i.e. minor) team for next year. The very best of luck to him in the role.