Of all the jobs in the world of GAA, to be able to put yourself forward for the Mayo job is a task in itself.
The decision is still yet to be made on who will get to wear the Mayo bainisteoir jacket next season and by the rate, this decision is going its feels like an eternity for this decision to be made.
Coming from a fan’s perspective it’s hard to handle the situation when you know you’ll have no input in the decision because all you want is the best for your team.
For the most prestigious job going in GAA at the moment, I’m proud we have great candidates up for the job, Mayo being the team that we are you want the best of the best wearing that bainisteoir jacket for the team I love so much.
This past season we didn’t play at the Mayo level we know we can reach and come January you want the season to start on the right foot.
Whoever gets this job is coming in with a massive chip on the shoulder the history of the last seventy-one years.
All four candidates have exceptional CVs for this job and its times like this you would love to be a fly on the wall at these board meetings.
For me personally, when I look at all four candidates for me it just screams out Kevin McStay.
How I look at it you have Shaw and Dempsey who have conquered the club scene and know what it takes to be successful in club.
My problem with Shaw and Dempsey, they haven’t got enough intercounty experience. A solution I’ve frequently seen online is if either Shaw or Dempsey take time out and get experience in lower division teams and get their cv up and running.
You have both McStay and Solan who have intercounty experience and the two who would be my top two picks for this job.
It has been said throughout the media over the past few weeks that anything can happen in this race.
As we await the decision I want to wish the fortunate candidate the best of luck.
Come January I’m looking forward to the start of a new chapter in Mayo GAA.