Stephen Rochford has said that he still hasn’t heard from the Mayo County Board following his decision to step down as manager on Tuesday.

Rochford, who led Mayo to the last two All-Ireland finals, losing both by a point to Dublin, the first after a replay, walked away after three seasons in charge.

He felt that he didn’t have the full backing of the county board after they asked him to outline his plans for 2019 – and he hasn’t heard from them since.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "I haven’t heard anything from the county board at this point, no.

"I’m very disappointed that I’m not the manager of Mayo any more. After the Kildare game I had looked at getting myself ready, we were going to have a couple of changes in the management team, but we were ready and energised to go back at it.

"Unfortunately, that’s not going to be the case."

Mayo lost to Galway in Connacht and then bowed out of the All-Ireland qualifiers following a classic game against the Lilywhites in Newbridge.

There were reports that some players wanted him gone in the wake of that defeat, something he doesn’t believe.

"I don’t think so," he said. "The reality is that I’ve had a lot of phone calls, text messages from the player group this week.

"The Mayo players, every day they went out, went out and gave it everything and it was no difference the last day against Kildare in Newbridge."

James Horan, who managed Mayo in the 2012 and 2013 All-Ireland final defeats to Donegal and Dublin respectively, is the favourite to succeed Rochford.