Former Donegal footballer Nadine Doherty believes Mayo have a chance of a "clean slate" this year.

The Lidl National Football League gets under way this weekend with a number of highly-anticipated fixtures including Cork v Tipperary on Friday night and All-Ireland champions Dublin up against Waterford.

Mayo open their campaign with a match against Connacht rivals Galway and are under new management in the shape of Michael Moyles.

"Mayo went through a rollercoaster the last few years, nobody can deny that. It was all out in the media and while they did gel to a certain point, I just don't think they ever got over it," Doherty told RTÉ's Game On.

"It's a chance for a clean slate. Michael Moyles was a big announcement with a huge backroom team and I was a little bit disappointed to see just one woman in there, Marita McDonald. I think it was a big opportunity for Mayo to get a few more ex-players (involved)."

Doherty added that the return of the Carnacon contingent - eight players from the club left the inter-county panel in 2018 including Fiona McHale - will be a boost for Mayo.

"It will be brilliant to see Fiona McHale back. I'm thinking of physicality, she'll definitely bring it. She'll bring that engine," she said.

"But it will be interesting to see how Mayo do get over that because it was massive. It's a hard thing to get over and hopefully for football and hopefully for them it's a clean slate and we'll see the best of what we can of Mayo."

Doherty added that Galway made a "shrewd move" by bringing Annette Clarke into an all new management team.

"It's a really shrewd move by Gerry Fahy. Clarke has been working with underage (teams) and is one of the best players ever for Galway and ever play the game," she said.

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