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Horan to stay as Mayo boss

JAMES HORAN will remain in the hotseat as Mayo senior football manager following a meeting of their county board last night.

However, James Nallen will not be part of his backroom team. The Crossmolina man has had to step back due to family and work commitments.

According to a statement from the Mayo County Board, Horan is "convinced his team will win an All-Ireland and described the speculation earlier this month on his future as 'pure nonsense'."

After guiding the county to three Connacht titles and two All-Ireland finals during his three-year term, the Ballintubber native will enter his fourth season at the helm intent on ending Mayo's 63-year wait for Sam Maguire. "Nothing has changed, the ambition of this squad is to win an All-Ireland," said Horan.

OFFALY icon Brian Whelahan has been tasked with restoring the Faithful hurlers to their once-proud place among the small ball elite.

The Birr legend will succeed Ollie Baker as Offaly's senior manager after being recommended for the role by a selection committee fronted by county board chairman Pádraig Boland. Whelahan has been handed a two-year term and is set to be ratified at the November meeting of the Offaly board.

Waterford's new hurling manager Derek McGrath has left the door ajar for retired Déise star Eoin Kelly – but John Mullane definitely won't be returning to the inter-county fold in 2014.

McGrath spoke with Mullane ahead of being ratified for a three-year term by the Waterford County Board last night. "It will be a non-runner definitely," the new manager said. "He's enjoying his family life, two beautiful daughters. And he's enjoying his role as a pundit."