Kevin McStay throws a hat in the ring for Mayo’s work and assembles an all-star team behind the scenes


Ray Dempsey, Kevin McStay and Mike Solan are said to be among the candidates for the vacant senior football manager position at Mayo.

Former footballer Mayo Dempsey guided his native Knockmore to the last two Mayo SFC titles and was in charge of the county’s minor and U21 teams.

Former Roscommon and St Brigids manager McStay is said to have assembled a management team including former Mayo boss Stephen Rochford, former Mayo manager Donie Buckley, his former Roscommon and Brigids manager Liam McHale and former Belmullet manager Damien Mulligan.

Solan, who led Mayo’s U21s to All-Ireland success in 2016, coached Leitrim alongside manager and fellow Ballaghaderreen Andy Moran last season.

McStay, who won Provincial and All-Ireland success with St Brigid’s in the 2012/13 season and took Roscommon to a Nestor Cup in 2017, had already put his name forward for the Mayo job in 2014 when James Horan left the first time. but was overlooked for the duo of Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes.

Rochford, who took over from the Connelly-Holmes partnership, has coached Donegal for the past four seasons and was linked to Bernard Flynn last week as part of his unsuccessful ticket for the Meath job taken by Colm O’Rourke.

Buckley had worked with Monaghan for the past two seasons before manager Seamus McEnaney recently decided to quit.

The Mayo executive has set tomorrow as the deadline for expressions of interest to succeed Horan who parted ways after a second four-year term following All-Ireland’s quarter-final loss to Kerry .

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