John O’Mahony could be poised for a surprise return to inter-county management as part of a coaching team to take charge of the Leitrim senior footballers next year.
O’Mahony who has guided Leitrim to their first Connacht title in 67 years in 1994 has been lined up as part of a management team including two players from that side that he managed – Seamus Quinn and Barry Guckian.
The Mayo man has ruled out going for the manager’s job but he has indicated a willingness to get involved in an advisory basis, especially if any of the 1994 squad take charge. Another famous member of that squad, Aidan Rooney is also set to be interested in the manager position and interviews began on Monday evening for the role. The joint ticket of Quinn and Guckian which also includes former Mayo footballer Michael Moyles – is the front for the job but Rooney has also had success at a number of level is highly regarded in Leitrim.
O’Mahony lead Leitrim to their greatest ever triumph when they won the 1994 Connacht Final defeating Mayo 0-12 to 2-04. They did it the hard way though, beating Roscommon in the opening round, then defeating Galway at Tuam Stadium after a replay. However, they met Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final and lost 3-15 to 1-09 denying them a first ever All-Ireland final appearance.
O’Mahony enjoyed his managerial spell with Galway leading them to their first All-Ireland title in 38 years when they defeated Mick O’Dwyer Kildare in 1998, they won a second title 3 years later having beat Meath in the final.
It remains to be seen if the Leitrim County Board will bring in O’Mahony.