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Mayo manager James Horan greets his side's supporters

Mayo manager James Horan greets his side's supporters

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Mayo manager James Horan greets his side's supporters

The year before James Horan took over, Mayo had crashed out of the Connacht Championship to Sligo before being dumped out of the All-Ireland series in the first round of the qualifiers by lowly Longford.

Mayo football was on its knees. James answered the call after a successful club management stint with Ballintubber, and since then they have won four Connacht titles and contested two All-Ireland finals.

The many tributes from his players on Twitter since the news broke show how highly he was regarded by the people that count the most.

He will be missed by us on the show as well - along with Jim McGuinness, he's one of the high-profile managers that allows his players to take a call from us on Monday nights after games.

If Mayo win an All-Ireland in the near future, and I hope they do, then James Horan can take a lot of credit for it.

Irish Independent