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Horan to boss Mayo for three more years

JAMES HORAN will continue with the Mayo footballers for a further three years after a statement from the Connacht champions’ county board last night revealed that the Ballintubber man has been recommended for a further two-year extension to his current three-year agreement, of which two seasons have already lapsed.

THERE was some surprise earlier in the week when it was suggested in a local newspaper that Horan was considering his position, despite bringing Mayo to back-to-back provincial titles and this year’s All-Ireland final.

The statement emphasised that reports Horan was sufficiently unhappy over some logistical issues surrounding the team’s preparation and around which the meeting between himself and the board was called were “unconfirmed” and “unwarranted”.


It added that the management and board “have always had and will continue to have a very good working relationship” and that both were “committed to ensuring that the Mayo senior footballers receive the best available resources and facilities in order to help them fulfill their full potential”.

Horan was reported to be dissatisfied with the fact that on each of Mayo’s three trips to Croke Park this summer, his team were put up in three different hotels.

There was also an issue about the use of the county grounds at McHale Park, a situation explained by a county board statement as having been caused by a larger-than-usual volume over underage finals played at the Castlebar venue this year.