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Report: Jim McGuinness Surprise Candidate To Be Next Mayo Manager

Report: Jim McGuinness Surprise Candidate To Be Next Mayo Manager
By Balls Team

Should Stephen Rochford decide to end his term as Mayo manager, Jim McGuinness is a surprise candidate to succeed the 39-year-old.

The Irish Sun's Gordon Manning reports that the Mayo county board are "keen" to bring in the 2012 All-Ireland winning manager. That is if Rochford ends early his time in charge.

Last year, Rochford - who took over as Mayo manager for the 2016 season - agreed an extension to his term. It runs until the end of the 2020 season.

Earlier this month, it emerged that members of Rochford's backroom team - including Donie Buckley and Peter Burke - would be stepping away from their roles. Rochford himself is expected to confirm in the coming days if he will remain in charge for what would be his fourth season.

Already this year, McGuinness has been linked with the Cavan job and - in another code - the Galway United job. At the time, the League of Ireland club was on the verge of being taken over by Saudi Arabian investors, a deal which is now reportedly on the verge of collapse.

McGuinness left a role as assistant manager to former Bayer Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt at Chinese Super League side Beijing Sinobo Guoan back in January for what were called "personal, family reasons". He also said that he was looking forward to "a new chapter in Europe". The 45-year-old has completed his UEFA A coaching licence.

The Donegal man has spent the summer working as an analyst on Sky Sports.


Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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