Horan new manager after late swell of support
FORMER Dublin boss Tommy Lyons was last night overlooked by Mayo as the county named former attacker James Horan as the man to succeed John O'Mahony.
The double All Star winner was handed a three-year term by the County Board, with a review after each season. He also confirmed that James Nallen, Martin Connolly and Paul Jordan would make up his back-room team as selectors, along with Tom Prendergast (stats), Dr Sean Moffatt, Paul O'Grady, Joe Dawson, Liam Moffatt, and Ed Coughlan.
"I'm absolutely honoured that people have placed so much trust in me to take the honour as Mayo manager," Horan said, when addressing delegates last night.
Horan beat off stiff competition from long-time favourite Lyons, who had been tipped for a return to inter-county management with the Connacht side. Lyons had most recently been in charge of Dublin for three seasons up to 2004.
The Kilmacud Crokes clubman was the early front-runner for the post, but support for Horan swelled in recent days, particularly in the wake of John Maughan's decision to drop out of the running.
The 38-year-old, who was born in New Zealand, was recommended to delegates by the five-man committee appointed to find O'Mahony's successor.
Horan guided Ballintubber to the county senior championship final last weekend and is expected to run county-wide trials in a bid to unearth new talent.
O'Mahony stepped down in June after surprise defeats to Sligo in the Connacht championship and Longford in the qualifiers. Anthony McGarry was the other candidate interviewed for the post.