James Horan

  • Mayo legend Andy Moran has announced his retirement from inter-county football.

    The 2017 footballer of the year will now focus on his club team Ballaghaderreen.

    Moran made the decision with manager James Horan yesterday.

    He had a remarkable career with Mayo swinging the tide in the infamous 2006 All-Ireland semi-final with Dublin.

    His recovery from a 2012 cruciate knee injury highlighted the resilience of Moran as a player and as a man.

    He got his first bit of National silverware this year as he reaped the League title with Mayo.

    As a key forward, play-maker and ball-winner in the Mayo set-up, Moran's departure will be heavily felt next season.

  • Mayo manager James Horan has hinted at the return of both Diarmuid O’Connor and Matthew Ruane from injury before the end of the Super 8's.

    Speaking after their round 4 qualifier win over Galway, Horan said that the two-time young footballer-of-the-year is in contention to return to play in the round-robin competition, after previously suffering a wrist injury in training.

    The Mayo boss also said that Breaffy midfielder Matthew Ruane was recovering well from his collarbone injury and could also feature for Mayo in the latter stages of the Super 8s.

    Mayo captain Paddy Durcan was substituted in the three-point victory over the Tribesmen in Limerick, but Horan said it was too early to know the extent of the injury to the Castlebar Mitchel’s man.

    Mayo will now face Kerry in Killarney next Sunday at 4pm in the first round of the Super 8's, with live coverage on Midwest Radio.

  • 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.


  • Mayo manager James Horan is not concerned by the quick turnaround his side faces against Dublin this weekend.

    Dublin effectively rested many of their key men last weekend in their surreal Super 8's clash with Tyrone.

    Mayo have played seven championship games so far this season as they traversed the qualifiers and the Super 8's.

    Horan disregarded suggestions that Jim Gavin's charges will be fresher than his side on Saturday evening.

    After the Donegal game he said their focus was on tweaking improvements in their performance ahead of the Dublin match.

  • Mayo manager James Horan argues that his team can take a lot from 2019 despite their ten-point defeat to Dublin.

    With younger players coming through and winning their first national title since 2001, he argues that the year had positives to take into 2020.

    A rip-roaring league final victory over Kerry, a first championship victory over Galway since 2015 and the return of injured players like Tom Parsons and Matthew Ruane bode well for the Green and Red next year.

    Horan alluded to tired legs from the Donegal match a week previous, but admitted that Dublin were full value for their win.

  • 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 have lost in their opening game of the FBD League to Galway after a penalty shoot-out.

    It finished at full-time Mayo 1-17 1-17 Galway.

    Galway now go on to play Roscommon in the FBD League final in Dr Hyde Park next Saturday at 2pm.

  • Mayo make the trip to Croke Park on Sunday to take on Meath in Round 2 of the Super 8's.

    A defeat to Kerry last weekend means Mayo need a win on Sunday if they are to have any hope of making the All Ireland semi-finals. Following that loss the team named shows three changes with Eoin O'Donoghue, Seamus O'Shea and Ciaran Treacy all getting the nod to start. Chris Barrett, Kevin McLoughlin & James Carr are the players to miss out.

    1. David Clarke - Ballina Stephenites
    2. Stephen Coen - Hollymount/Carramore
    3. Brendan Harrison - Aghamore
    4. Eoin O'Donoghue - Belmullet
    5. Lee Keegan - Westport
    6. Colm Boyle - Davitts
    7. Keith Higgins - Ballyhaunis
    8. Donal Vaughan - Castlebar Mitchels
    9. Seamus O’Shea - Breaffy
    10. Fionn McDonagh - Westport
    11. Aidan O’Shea - Breaffy(C)
    12. Ciaran Treacy - Ballina Stephenites
    13. Cillian O'Connor - Ballintubber
    14. Darren Coen - Hollymount/Carramore
    15. Jason Doherty - Burrishoole
  • 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