Recent Mayo managerial candidate Kevin McStay has said that Mayo "absolutely needed" Liam McHale as a coach.

The westerners missed out on an All-Ireland final appearance after losing a semi-final replay against Kerry, a result which prompted manager James Horan to end his reign after four seasons in charge.

Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes were selected to replace Horan as a management team.

McStay and McHale, who oversaw Roscommon club St Brigid's All-Ireland club success in 2013, would have formed a management team with the county if McStay had been selected by the county board.

There had been suggestions that players in the Mayo squad were opposed to McHale being part of the coaching ticket.

Speaking at RTÉ's The Sunday Game event at the National Ploughing Championships, McStay said: "It is lovely to get the chance publicly to say that old nonsense that went on for the last three weeks that some players had issues with him and so on. To me it was almost shameful."

McStay went on to say that Mayo would particularly lose out due to their failure to bring in McHale's coaching skills.

He said: "Mayo didn’t particularly need Kevin McStay as the manager but they absolutely needed Liam McHale as a coach. He is Mayo to the bone. For people to question his loyalty to Mayo, well has anybody played as long as Liam for his beloved colours. 

"For that background noise to be allowed filter along for two or three weeks – will that was the single biggest disappointment of my application.  It’s over now. We’ll row in behind the new ‘Taoiseach’ now. That’s the way it goes."

Kevin McStay on Mayo