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Runners and riders in mix for Mayo job makes for an intriguing race

Colm Keys


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Mayo manager James Horan and selectors Tom Prendergast (hidden) and Donie Buckley, right, leave the pitch after the 2013 All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Tyrone. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Mayo manager James Horan and selectors Tom Prendergast (hidden) and Donie Buckley, right, leave the pitch after the 2013 All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Tyrone. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Mayo manager James Horan and selectors Tom Prendergast (hidden) and Donie Buckley, right, leave the pitch after the 2013 All-Ireland SFC semi-final against Tyrone. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

It is a reflection of the status of the Mayo senior football team that even after an eight-point defeat to Kerry that marked their exit from the championship in June, the local interest in replacing the departed manager James Horan is so high.

When the deadline closed last Friday week, four candidates had ‘expressed an interest’, to use that phrase, in taking forward a team still with significant appeal, even if they drifted further from the mountain top this year that they are continually striving to reach.


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