Former Mayo footballer Kevin McStay has been announced as the county's new senior football manager. Since James Horan stepped down at the start of the summer, there has been a number of names linked with the vacant post, but Mayo GAA County Board have confirmed that it will be Kevin McStay who will take charge.
At the end of July, Mayo GAA Blog announced that a shortlist of four managers would be interviewed about taking the job on. Those four men were Mike Solan, Kevin McStay, Ray Dempsey and Declan Shaw.
It was announced this evening that McStay had been given the job and was set to embark on a four-year term.
Kevin McStay ratified as new Mayo GAA Senior Football manager following a meeting of the Mayo GAA Executive committee and Mayo GAA County Board this evening in Castlebar. A four year term has been agreed with Kevin McStay. Mayo GAA would like to wish Kevin all the best pic.twitter.com/zcaG2XX2xQ
— Mayo GAA (@MayoGAA) August 22, 2022
Following a meeting of the Mayo GAA Executive committee and Mayo GAA County Board this evening in Castlebar. A four year term has been agreed with Kevin McStay.
Mayo GAA would like to wish Kevin all the best.
GAA: Kevin McStay's experience
McStay played for Mayo from 1983 to 1990, winning two Connacht titles along the way. The Ballina Stephenites man scored an impressive 7-122 during his inter-county career and was awarded an All-Star back in 1985.
His first managerial post came with the Roscommon minors, before leading the Mayo minors to a Connacht title back in 2001. He led Roscommon Gaels to a county championship title in 2004, before winning a club All-Ireland as manager of St. Brigid's.
Back in 2014, McStay applied for the Mayo senior football manager post, but the County Board opted for Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes over their former player.
In 2017, McStay led Roscommon to a Connacht Senior Football title after beating Galway 2-15 to 0-12 in Salthill.
Kevin McStay has been out of management since 2018, when he resigned as manager of Roscommon. For any of those who aren't familair with McStay's management style, this short documentary on his successful period as Roscommon manager will give you the insight you need.
He has been a regular pundit and co-commentator on The Sunday Game in recent years, but after being turned down as manager in previous years, the Castlebar native will be delighted with the opportunity.