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Mayo Add More Big Names To Kevin McStay's Backroom Team

Mayo Add More Big Names To Kevin McStay's Backroom Team
By Michael Bolton Updated
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Following the appointment of Kevin McStay as manager, Mayo have made a number of backroom appointments ahead of next season.

Mayo GAA had received criticism for the size of their backroom team, prior to the announcement in the Mayo news of further appointments within the set up, following James Horan’s departure in the summer.

Among the appointments are Gary Matthews, the former League Of Ireland goalkeeper who worked as Stephen Cluxton’s coach at Dublin, will be a goalkeeping coach at Mayo

Kevin McStay will hope that Matthews can deliver the same level of success as he did during his time in Dublin, with Cluxton a key member of Dublin’s dominance in the championship.

For strength and conditioning, Mayo have turned to West Clare, where Owen Tarrant will be involved with strength and conditioning.


Tarrant’s CV in rugby is hugely impressive, with experience with the Chiefs and the Munster academy. He is currently the head of performance with Japanese side Kobelco Steelers.

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For the athletic performance team, McStay has looked a lot closer to home David Joyce from Castlebar taking over. The former Birmingham City player had previously worked together with McStay at Roscommon.

The new appointments will join an already experienced Mayo management team, as they attempt to bounce back from last year’s disappointing season that ended in the quarter finals to Kerry.

Stephen Rochford, who led Mayo to two All-Ireland finals in 2016 and 2017, is the assistant manager, with Donie Buckley a coach and selector.


Damien Mulligan was named as club liaison, while former player Liam McHale is coach over the U20s.

Niamh Fitzpatrick, a renowned psychologist with huge experience in sport, is back as a psychologist with Mayo after a role in 2017, while former player Evan Regan has taken up a role as a nutritionist.

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