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'The carrot of managing your own county is a huge thing' - Rochford on Mayo post

Stephen Rochford hopes to hear from Mayo county board chiefs in the coming days.

Stephen Rochford congratulates Castlebar Mitchels in their victorious dressing room yesterday.
Stephen Rochford congratulates Castlebar Mitchels in their victorious dressing room yesterday.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

STEPHEN ROCHFORD HOPES to hear from Mayo county board officials in the coming days about the county’s vacant senior football team management post.

Rochford is the sole nominee for the position and his appointment as successor to Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly is practically a fait accompli barring any major hiccups.

The way is now clear for Rochford to take over after 2015 AIB All-Ireland club champions Corofin crashed out yesterday.

Corofin lost to Castlebar Mitchels in the Connacht final in Tuam and Rochford will now turn his attention towards his native county.

He told RTÉ Radio: “I’ve spoken with the chairman maybe about ten days to a fortnight ago, just around where the calendar of events were looking to lie.

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Stephen Rochford Stephen Rochford looks on as Corofin cough up their provincial and All-Ireland club crowns. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

“I think we might be in a position to move things along hopefully this week.”

When asked if he would like to take up the role, Rochford replied emphatically: “I certainly would.”

He added: “There’s a huge commitment but the carrot and the aspect of managing your own county is a huge, huge thing.

“And if I’m lucky enough to be the person that’s going to be managing Mayo in the near future, I’ll be absolutely delighted. I’m really looking forward to it if it materialises.

“Within the next 24/48 hours, I might get some communication from the county board about what their future plans are.”

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