Former Mayo manager Stephen Rochford is set for a dramatic return to inter-county football according to reports.

Rochford stepped down earlier this year following Mayo’s failure to make the All-Ireland quarter-final Super 8 stage – their earliest Championship exit since 2010.

And now reports on Highland Radio link him to a role in Donegal manager Declan Bonner’s backroom team.

There was a vacancy in his set-up following former Footballer of the Year Karl Lacey’s decision to step away due to family commitments.

Donegal made the Super 8s and there were definite signs of improvement, though they will play in Division 2 of the Allianz League next season, their relegation sealed following a draw with Rochford’s Mayo on the final day of the regular season.

The Crossmolina man won an All-Ireland club title with Deel Rovers as a player and then as a manager with Galway’s Corofin.

He led Mayo to All-Ireland finals in 2016 and 2017, losing both by a point, the first after a replay, and he signalled his interest in staying on again next year.

But amid what he saw as a lack of backing from the county board, he decided to quit in August.