When the news broke on Monday evening that Stephen Rochford had resigned as Mayo manager it came as a bombshell to Mayo GAA supporters and the wider GAA world alike. Just two weeks previously, Stephen had confirmed his intention to stay on for 2019 and he was in the midst of assembling a new backroom team for next year when that process unravelled in spectacular fashion, culminating in Stephen’s announcement that he was stepping down from the manager’s role after three years in charge.
In this special extended episode of the Mayo News football podcast, we’ve got together a number of contributors whose task it has been to make some sense of this dramatic development, in terms of why and how it came about and where the the county goes from here.
Host Rob Murphy and I are joined on the podcast by Mayo News sports editor Mike Finnerty for an in-depth roundtable on the issue, following which Seán Rice places this latest management crisis in its historical context, by reflecting on previous such upheavals that have engulfed the county. Billy Joe Padden provides some thoughts on the impact the manager’s resignation is likely to have on the players, in particular those who have only recently broken into the county panel, while Michael Foley of the Sunday Times offers an outsider’s perspective on Stephen Rochford’s time as Mayo manager, focusing on the enthralling All-Ireland final clashes with Dublin in 2016 and 2017.
This special edition of the podcast is now online and is available to listen to on iTunes and SoundCloud. You can also listen to it on the Mayo News website as well as here on the blog using the SoundCloud player below or the one on the right.
We haven’t, by the way, forgotten about the club action! A separate podcast episode focusing on last week’s second round group fixtures in the Senior and Intermediate club championships will be online later tonight. Stay tuned for that.