Thursday 23 November 2017

James Horan on Roscommon and Cavan vacancies: I can't see myself managing a different county


James Horan; Sportsfile
James Horan; Sportsfile
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

James Horan's name pops up whenever a high profile inter-county vacancy emerges but he has ruled himself out of the two most enticing positions currently available.

Following the resignation of Roscommon co-manager Fergal O'Donnell, the county board have opened the position of manager to applicants. O'Donnell's former coaching partner Kevin McStay is favourite to land the role on his own for the 2017 season, but the candidacy of Horan would have given the Roscommon delegates an interesting decision to make.

However Horan, who led Mayo to a quartet of provincial titles and two All-Ireland finals during his four-year stint in charge, isn't considering applying for the job.

"No, no, it wouldn't be for me," he told

"Not at the moment. There is a good potential young team there. It was surprising to see the Roscommon guys going, O'Donnell and the selectors, that is unusual that they would all leave in one year."

Another role that Horan was linked to was the Cavan manager's job after the departure of Terry Hyland. Similar to the Mayo squad he took over in 2010, the Ulster county have a number of promising young players to work with.

Horan reveals that although the role was an intriguing one, he can't presently see himself managing any other county.

"You never say never but I couldn't see it when I left and I couldn't see it at the moment to be honest," Horan answered when asked if he was open to prowling the touchline for a county other than Mayo.

"Obviously the Cavan job came up and they have a very good underage but family-wise and logistic-wise it didn't make sense so it doesn't even enter the equation."

Since departing from the Mayo role after the 2014 season, Horan has been a regular pundit on Newstalk. And although he has ruled out returning to the inter-county scene in the immediate future, he is happy to keep his 'finger on the pulse' of Gaelic football in case he changes his mind going forward.

"Doing the punditry you are always talking about the game and dealing with players and keeping up to speed," he says.

"I'm at a lot of different coaching sessions from different sports trying to pick up things all time. Coaching is what I'm interested in and you would always be looking around to see what's there.

"If you are in the coalface you have to evolve and change. It is the best way to keep developing, when you are in there managing and stuck at it."

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