Tuesday 12 December 2017

Beaten Lyons calls time on inter-county management

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

James Nallen had agreed to become a selector with both front-runners for the Mayo manager's position, it has emerged.

New boss James Horan has confirmed that Nallen, who retired from inter-county football at the beginning of this year, will be part of his back-room team.

But Tommy Lyons also said yesterday that Nallen would also have been part of his back-room team had he been chosen.

Former Dublin and Offaly manager Lyons has accepted he will not now manage an inter-county team in the future.

"That's it for me. I wouldn't be letting my name go forward again. I'm delighted I went for it," he stated.

"But James Horan is an excellent candidate and I'd like to wish him well. He had done very well with Ballintubber and was a very good footballer with the county."

Lyons said he had no issue with the process, but admitted he thought he had a strong chance last week when John Maughan withdrew.

"Obviously, the decision was taken to stay 'at home' with a young manager and I respect that," said Lyons.

"Mayo was the only other county I would be interested in managing. I'm not one of these managers going around from county to county.

"I have an affinity and a gra for Mayo. I was born there, I have relatives there, I spend a lot of time there. They have plenty of good footballers and I felt it was the right time for me to go for it."

Lyons also hinted that at some stage in the future he would like to go down the road of administration in the GAA.

Irish Independent

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