O'Mahony staying with Mayo

September 04, 2009

Former Mayo manager John O'Mahony
John O'Mahony has confirmed that he will be remaining in charge of Mayo for a fourth year. The Fine Gael TD has decided to remain at the helm, despite Mayo's shock All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Meath last month. He explained to the Irish Examiner: "Last autumn, I was given an additional two years as team manager by the Mayo county board and I've decided to take up the option of the remaining 12 months in the position. "Understandably, everyone was very disappointed with the result against Meath, but I feel that we can learn from that experience and do better in next year's championship. "Despite our failure to get past the All-Ireland quarter-final this year, I feel the future is very bright for Mayo football. It's very encouraging that the county achieved a clean sweep of Connacht titles this year. As well as the seniors, the minor and under 21 sides also won provincial titles. "Of course, the minors were in last year's All-Ireland final and took Tyrone to a replay and are in this year's All-Ireland final. The under 21s only lost narrowly to Down in this year's All-Ireland semi-final, who were only beaten by a late goal by Cork in the All-Ireland final. "Lads from the under 21 team like Donal Vaughan and Tom Parsons have already made the breakthrough to the senior team as has, of course, Aidan O'Shea, who was on last year's minor team and this year's under 21 team."

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