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Stephen Rochford is now a virtual shoo-in for Mayo senior football job

The Corofin boss has allowed his name to go forward for the vacant post.

Stephen Rochford is in line to take over in Mayo.
Stephen Rochford is in line to take over in Mayo.
Image: Mike Shaughnessy/INPHO

THEY WANT HIM and now he’s confirmed that he wants them.

Stephen Rochford is now a virtual certainty replace ousted pair Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly as Mayo’s next senior football team manager.

The Mayo News has confirmed that Rochford has accepted nominations and will be allowing his name to go forward in a bid for the vacant post.

Rochford headed our recent list of possible contenders to take over the reins with the Connacht champions and these latest developments will copperfasten belief in the county that he’s the right man for the job.

The Mayo News reports that Rochford told an audience at a health and wellbeing seminar organised by Westport GAA club last night that his name is in the hat.

Rochford is the current manager of Galway, Connacht and AIB All-Ireland senior football champions Corofin.

James Horan was linked with a return to the Mayo post he vacated in 2014 but he confirmed this week that he will not be coming back.

Rochford, 37, was nominated by two clubs, including his native Crossmolina, with whom he won an All-Ireland senior club medal during his playing days.

Tony McEntee Former Armagh star Tony McEntee has been linked with a role in Rochford's backroom team. Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

A number of individuals have been linked with backroom roles in Rochford’s new set-up, including former Armagh star Tony McEntee, revered coach Donie Buckley, ex-Limerick boss Maurice Horan, strength and conditioning coach Barry Solan and former Ireland rugby international Gavin Duffy.

Buckley, linked recently with a role in Tipperary, has been working with Mayo for the past three seasons and Solan was S & C coach for Mayo during the short-lived Holmes and Connelly reign.

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