Peter Leahy will remain in charge of the Mayo Ladies until 2021, Mayo LGFA has confirmed to RTÉ Sport.

Leahy was initially endorsed to remain at the helm next year, but will now stay on until 2021 after he was ratified on Tuesday evening.

Mayo ladies endured a difficult period in 2018 after 12 players withdrew from the squad, along with two members of the backroom team during the summer.

The group which departed ahead of a championship game against Cavan cited 'player welfare' issues at the time. They subsequently held a press conference where they said they withdrew from the squad as they felt the environment in the Mayo squad had become "toxic".

Eight of those players came from the Carnacon club and the fallout resulted in the club side being removed from the senior league and championship in Mayo.

This in turn prompted a series of appeals from both the county board and Carnacon, which ultimately resulted in the team being reinstated into the senior competitions and suspensions were handed out to the eight players who left the county squad.

They went on to win their 20th county title but recently lost their Connacht crown to Galway champions Kilkerrin-Clonberne, which also ended their reign as All-Ireland champions.

Mayo LGFA have supported Leahy and his backroom team throughout the situation and endorsed them to stay in charge until 2019 shortly after the press conference of the departed players took place in September. 

He will now officially remain in charge until 2021.

The inter-county futures of all departed players, inclduing four-time All-Ireland winner and Carnacon star Cora Staunton, remains in doubt.

Staunton recently indicated that she is unlikely to play for Mayo again.

"I can't see myself playing for Mayo again," she told The Late Late Show.

"I'm blessed, I've played with Mayo for 24 years. There are not many that can say they've played with their county for that long. There is [more in me] but I've the club, Carnacon."