Tuesday, 06 July 2010 10:10
A forensic examination of Mayo football is on the cards before a successor to John O'Mahony is named.
The Mayo County Board has taken on board the general thrust of advice after Mayo's defeat at the hands of Longford - don't rush in to appoint a new manager.
The board, it would seem, has taken on much of the criticism concerning the state of football.
They are to examine the underlying problems, which have seen Mayo fall so spectacularly from grace having reached an All-Ireland semi-final against Meath last year.
Meath seem to be going in a totally different direction to Mayo, which begs the question as to where has it all gone wrong.
Kerry manger Jack O'Connor suggested in a recent interview that both Mayo and Dublin peaked too early in the year and put too much effort in the league.
That is certainly one of the points that needs to be examined, Monaghan, who just about clung on to their division one status, a clear example of how you can build within without having to win too many games, while Tyrone, despite being demoted, remain in the top five as championship contenders for this year.
A number of questions will undoubtedly be raised, and among them is whether the best players possible are being selected to the county panel.
If the answer to that is no, then what is the best method of finding those players who should be playing at county level?
A statement from the board said: "We are taking the opportunity to undertake a review of the state of the game in the county.
"To do this in as complete a manner as is possible, a series of meetings will be arranged in the coming weeks and months where the clubs and their delegates and members of the senior football panel will have the opportunity to express and articulate their views.
"We feel it is important all those involved in our game in the county get the chance to contribute to this review.
"We do not think it is constructive for the floor to be opened to everyone as has happened on local radio this week. While many of those who have contributed have the best interests of Mayo football at heart, we do not feel all who have voiced their opinion do.
"Therefore we believe it would be more prudent and productive if those involved at all levels of our game in the county be given the chance to voice their thoughts through the medium of this review process.
"With the review subject to take place in the coming weeks, it has been decided to defer the appointment of the next senior football manager until after this process has been finalised.
"We feel that to do otherwise would take some focus and direction away from the matter at hand - namely the overall welfare of the game in the county.
More precise details on this review will follow at a later date."