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Former Laois footballer in the running for Mayo role

Billy Sheehan
Billy Sheehan

Former Laois footballer Billy Sheehan is in the running for a role with the Mayo footballers.

The St Jude’s forward, who last played for the O’Moore County in 2015, has been named as a coach by one of the candidates in for the job vacated by Stephen Rochford.

Michael Solan, the former Mayo U-20 and U-21 football manager, is in for the job alongside former manager James Horan.

Solan is a brother of former Laois S&C coach Barry Solan who now works for Arsenal.

And he told the Mayo News that if he gets the job, Sheehan would be part of his backroom team as a ‘field coach’.

Speaking to the Mayo News, Solan said: “Billy Sheehan, who previously worked with Cork at a variety of levels, and a number of other teams, and is currently living in Dublin, would be coming on board as our field coach.”

Since Sheehan finished playing with Laois, he transferred from Emo to St Jude’s in Dublin where he lives.

He has held coaching roles with the Cork and Offaly footballers in recent years.

Sheehan was also in for the Laois senior managers job last year but fellow Kerry native John Sugrue got the nod instead.

It is expected that interviews for the role will take place this week.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.