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McGuinness and Horan futures uncertain

THE futures of the respective All-Ireland SFC final managers may not be as clear-cut as had been widely expected after Jim McGuinness confirmed he would be open to job offers for coaching positions outside the GAA and reports that James Horan is considering his position with Mayo.

McGuinness, who has been heavily linked since Donegal's All-Ireland success to a role with Celtic, insisted he had not been offered a position within the Scottish Premier League club, but admitted: "If a professional football team, or any professional sporting organisation came in and said they were interested in talking about work, it is obviously something that I'd have to consider.

"I'm a young man with a young family and three kids so it's something that I'd have to consider.

"My background is in sports science and in psychology, which are transferable across all sports."

The Glenties man is known to have met Bhoys manager Neil Lennon prior to the start of this year's All-Ireland SFC, and Lennon in turn travelled to Dublin to watch Donegal beat Mayo in the All-Ireland final.

Guarantees

However, it seems unlikely that he will take up any permanent job offer in the short term, should it emerge.

Horan, meanwhile, has, according to local reports in Mayo, raised a number of issues with the county board to be resolved before agreeing to remain in charge of the Connacht champions. Specifically, Horan has requested guarantees about training pitches, the availability of the county ground at McHale Park and hotel bases for matches in Dublin.

Immediately after the All-Ireland final, the Ballintubber man spoke about looking forward to 2013 and the areas in which Mayo could improve but it now appears that the requests he has made could decide whether or not he remains as manager for another year.


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