74-year old Mick O’Dwyer announced on Monday he will not run in the race to succeed John O’Mahony as manager of the Co. Mayo football team.
O’Dwyer, originally from Co. Kerry, is expected to resume his current as Co. Wicklow manager for another year.
A press conference at which O'Dwyer's decision to stay on as manager of the Garden County for another season will be officially confirmed is due to be held Tuesday evening.
Over in Co. Meath, Colm O’Rourke said he is not yet ready to take the job of manager.
O’Rourke, an analyst for “The Sunday Game” a sports program in Ireland, said that although he isn’t ready just yet to take over the team he may down the line.
O'Rourke said: “I certainly would be interested in the job but probably just not at the moment.”
Last season’s manager, Eamonn O’Brien, was removed from the managerial position earlier this month following a vote of no confidence among Co. Meath delegates.
O’Rourke said he feels sorry for O’Brien.
“It's a bad week for Meath football. I was very disappointed for Eamonn O'Brien that he lost his job.
“I think he is very decent man. He did a lot of good work and had nothing but the best interests of Meath football at heart as has (selectors) Bob O'Malley and Donal Curtis.
“I feel they've been badly treated.”
On the future O’Rourke said, “It is something that I would like to do at some time in the future and hopefully in the not to distance future.”
“I think I'll let it sit for a while. I think the County board need to contemplate this move for a while.
“The first thing they need to do is to get the right men to pick the manager.
“What they should do is get a group of people together who know who to get and let them recommend somebody instead of this farcical situation that we had two years where we had a split decision in the camp and where a lot of people where hurt in the process.”
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