James Horan

  • The executive of Mayo County Board is set to meet later this week to begin the process of finding Stephen Rochford's successor after Rochford stepped down on Monday evening.

    Kevin McStay appears to be out of the race to manage his native county with Roscommon's P-R-O Hugh Lynn telling the Irish Daily Star that McStay will remain in charge of the Rossies for 2019.

    James Horan and Jim McGuinness are reportedly the front runners for the Mayo job, although it is believe McGuinness will stay involved with soccer,  with Mayo U20 manager Mike Solan also on the list of potential candidates. He managed the Mayo U21’s to an All-Ireland title in 2016 and to the All-Ireland Final in the U20 competition earlier this summer.


  • James Horan has been handed a four year term as Mayo Senior Football manager, after he was ratified at a County Board meeting in Castlebar tonight. 

    It was confirmed at the meeting that Daniel Forde will be trainer, Conor Finn S&C, while James Burke and Martin Barrett on also on the backroom team, while Joe Doyle is operations manager.

    In a statement tonight James Horan said: 

    I am delighted to be involved with Mayo and am really looking forward to getting on the field with the players. All clubs (Senior/Intermediate/Junior) within Mayo will be contacted immediately seeking suggestions of players that may have the potential Technical/Tactical/Physical/Mental attributes required for the Inter-county game.

    There has been a coaching movement in Mayo over last number of years that has been staggering in its progression. In conjunction with Clubs & Divisional Boards we have seen huge advances with clubs across the county driving very high standards. That is something I want to be involved with, and help ensure that progress continues. It is busy but very exciting times in Mayo GAA & I cannot wait to get started.

    Also at tonight's meeting Derek Walsh was reappointed Mayo Senior Hurling manager for 2019. 





  • Former Mayo manager James Horan has played down speculation linking his name with the vacant manager’s job.

    Speaking to today’s Daily Star, Horan says that that he has other things on his mind at the moment.

    He says that inter-county management is incredibly demanding and says that having already done a four year stint previously with Mayo, you have to be careful that it doesn’t take over your whole life.

    Horan says it is not an easy gig and you have to be totally committed to have any chance of making it work. He says since stepping down, he has done various other things, including managing Westport who have reached the last eight of the Mayo Senior Championship.

    He is also finishing a Masters in Coaching through UCC.

    Horan says a return to inter-county management hasn’t been on his short-term radar.

    He told the paper that while his name has been linked with the job since Monday, it wouldn’t be fair to Westport to get drawn into any speculation.

    He also said there is no point in going into inter-county management unless you are fully confident you can do things the way you think they should be done and if he ever was to go back, he wouldn’t do so unless that was the case. He says that is not the environment at the moment.


  • Mayo senior football manager James Horan has described the new experimental rules for football as “a little bit crazy”.

    The new playing rules, which have come into effect in recent weeks, came in for more criticism from managers over the weekend and James Horan has admitted he’s not a fan - ahead of Mayo’s FBD League opener against Leitrim on Sunday.

    The Mayo manager says he has no idea how referees are going to manage with the "crazy" new rules brought in for the early part of the season, but he says his side will find a way to cope.

  • It’s believed James Horan could be appointed Mayo Senior Football manager for a second term later tonight.

    The position of Mayo Senior manager is due to be raised at a meeting of the County Board this evening.

    Horan met with Mayo GAA officials earlier this week to discuss his plans for 2019 and his management team.

    The Mayo Senior Hurling management is also on tonight’s agenda.


  •  James Horan is to meet with the Executive of the Mayo County Board later tonight.

    Midwest Sport can confirm that Horan will meet with the executive to discuss his management team and plans for 2019, after the only other candidate removed himself from the race to become the Mayo Senior Football manager last week.


    The deadline for nominations for the vacant Mayo football manager's job has passed.

    It's believed former Mayo boss James Horan has received the backing of at least one club to succeed Stephen Rochford.

    Horan's home club of Ballintubber have nominated him to take back up the role he left in 2014.

    The deadline for nominations was 1pm today


  • Mayo manager James Horan has had a busy few weeks since taking over as manager of the Mayo Senior football team. He & his management team had over 100 players from 44 clubs involved in trial games as the plans for 2019 got underway. "It was a great exercise from our point of view as a new management team & the reaction we got from clubs & players was fantastic. A huge number of players wanted to be involved which is great to see and we are delighted to begin working with this new squad from next week on. We have lots of new players involved in the squad to complement existing players who are all looking forward to the challenges ahead."

    "The new season is fast approaching and we are looking forward to getting to work on on the training pitch when the hard work will begin. We will be looking at ways of developing these players and building our game. The support of the Mayo people is great and as always makes the season exciting. They know only too well the importance of players being allowed to prepare away from any distractions. As people enjoy the lead in to Christmas the group will be working hard to prepare for the new season ahead."

    "It's also great to see three Mayo clubs(Ballintubber, Belmullet & Balla) involved in Connacht club championship action this weekend and we have no doubt all three clubs will be doing their upmost to go as far in their respective competitions as they can. We wish all three the very best of luck over the coming weeks & we will follow their progress with great interest."

  • Mayo GAA have been informed by Mike Solan that he is withdrawing his name from the role as Mayo Senior football team manager.

    In a statement from Mayo GAA  they say they would like to thank Mike for putting his name forward for the role & look forward to seeing him involved with Mayo GAA in the future.

    The officers of Mayo GAA will now meet with James Horan to discuss his management team & plans for 2019.

    In a statement this afternoon from Mike Solan he said he has informed the Mayo County Board that he is withdrawing his name from the nomination process for the Mayo Senior Football Team Manager.

    The Ballaghaderreen man went on to say he would like to thank everyone who helped him in this process and would also like to wish the Mayo Senior team every success in 2019 and beyond.

  • Westport GAA manager James Horan and All-Ireland Under-21 winning manager Mike Solan have been nominated for the vacant Mayo senior football manager's job.

    Midwest Sport understands that Mike Solan has been nominated for the post by Ballaghaderreen GAA club, while it's believed James Horan was nominated by his home club, Ballintubber.

    The Mayo Co Board Executive have yet to announce plans for how to proceed with the appointment of the new manager.

  • It's been another busy weekend on the Mayo GAA front with more trials taking place for the Mayo Senior team. Below is the latest update:

    James Horan and his management team have over the past few weeks seen players from every club in the county with over 130 players involved in trial games. James Horan said "There are a lot of talented players in the county and we have seen this first hand over the past few weeks. We are looking forward to working with these new players and fusing them with the current players that are in the squad as the hard work now begins for us a group. The management team & players are very much looking forward to 2019 & our first game against Leitrim on Jan 6th