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Reports: Ex Mayo Boss Rochford To Join Donegal Backroom Team

Former Mayo manager, Stephen Rochford looks set to join Declan Bonner’s backroom team in Donegal for the 2019 season, according to reports.

When asked about the possibility last week, Bonner dismissed the rumours as “bunkum” but it looks as though the Donegal manager has performed a U-turn.

Rochford would be a replacement for former Donegal star, Karl Lacey who left the coaching staff for family reasons.

The 40-year-old stepped down from his role as Mayo boss last month after he failed to gain the backing of the county board.

Stephen Rochford, Mayo

Rochford led the county to back-to-back All Ireland finals in 2016 and 2017 but was dumped out of the championships in the qualifiers round by Kildare this summer.

Former Mayo manager, James Horan, has taken up the mantle once again.

Donegal, meanwhile, got their 2018 campaign off to a rough start when they were relegated from Division 1 of the Allianz National Football League.

However, they bounced back in the championship to win the Ulster title, thus reaching the Super 8s competition. But without their injured star man, Paddy McBrearty, losses to Dublin and Tyrone saw them fail to reach the All Ireland semi-final.

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