Monday 22 January 2018

Horan gaining Mayo support

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

James Horan is gaining support to become the next Mayo football manager, despite the strong favouritism enjoyed by Tommy Lyons.

Lyons was backed off the boards last week when it emerged that John Maughan was withdrawing from the race after the selection committee's make-up was revealed.

Privately, Maughan felt the committee would not be favourably disposed towards him. Lyons is by far the most experienced candidate in the race and at county board executive level he is thought to have strong support.

But there is a growing body of opinion in Mayo that Horan is emerging as a strong candidate, having guided Ballintubber to the Mayo final over the weekend. There is strong speculation that former centre-back James Nallen might be prepared to join him as a selector. Horan was due to be interviewed by the five-man committee last night.

The make-up of a Lyons-led management team is not yet clear but he too would look to players of the recent past. The indications are that Mayo will have a new manager in place by the end of this week.

In Galway, Pat Fallon has withdrawn his candidacy from the contest to replace Joe Kernan.

Irish Independent

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