Corofin manager Stephen Rochford admitted the “huge carrot” of taking the reins at Mayo would be too hard to resist in the wake of his club’s Connacht club SFC final defeat to Castlebar Mitchels.
Rochford has been heavily linked with the post after the departures of joint managers Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes, and he couldn’t hide his desire to lead his native county.
"Maybe within the next 24 or 48 hours I might get some communication form the county board"
“I’ve spoken with the chairman maybe ten days to a fortnight ago about the calendar of events we’re looking at. I think we might be in a position to move things along this week,” said Rochford.
“I certainly would [like to be manager]. There’s a huge commitment, but the carrot of managing your own county is a huge thing."
Rochford played with Mayo minors and was a corner-back on the Crossmolina team that won the 2001 All-Ireland club title.
After stints with the Mayo minors, Ballinrobe under-21s and the GMIT Sigerson Cup team, it was a memorable All-Ireland club final win against Slaughtneil last St Patrick’s Day that cemented Rochford’s reputation as a manger of real pedigree.
He now looks destined to become the latest man to attempt to end Mayo's long, painful wait for Sam Maguire.
“If I’m lucky enough or fortuitous enough to be the person that’s going to be managing Mayo in the near future I’ll be absolutely delighted and really looking forward to it if it materialises," added Rochford.
“Maybe within the next 24 or 48 hours I might get some communication form the county board around what their future plans are.”