The Mayo boss departed yesterday after a four-year term.
But with Horan vacating the hotseat, who are the contenders to come in to replace him?Dempsey was involved at the coalface as a player with Mayo, featuring in the 1989 and 1996 All-Ireland final losses. He took over the Mayo minors, working with the likes of Aidan O’Shea and Cillian O’Connor, as they reached the All-Ireland final stage in 2008 and 2009, losing out to Tyrone and Armagh respectively.
Maurice SheridanMike SolanAndy MoranMcStay also has an All-Ireland final outing in the memory bank as a player from 1989, while he won an All-Star in 1985. A well-respected pundit with RTÉ, he enjoyed managerial success with St Brigid’s as they made a memorable breakthrough to land the All-Ireland club championship on St Patrick’s Day 2013.
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James Horan on Mayo future: 'It’s never a time to make rash promises or decisions' Mayo lost out to Kerry by eight points today in Croke Park. Time to go ..change badly needed
James Horan steps down as Mayo managerManager led the county to All-Ireland finals in 2020 and 2021 Widows Curse ?
James Horan steps down as Mayo manager following defeat to Kerry James Horan has stepped down as Mayo football manager in the wake of Sunday's All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Kerry. So sorry to see him go. He’s turned Mayo around from the doldrums & made them a top tier team on two occasions. Well done & pity they didn’t land an AI He gave it everything just never had the forwards
Mike Solan among the early favourites to replace James Horan as Mayo managerKnockmore’s Ray Dempsey and NUI Galway’s Sigerson Cup winning manager Maurice Sheridan may also be tempted
Who will the Mayo hotseat? THE CONFIRMATION ARRIVED yesterday afternoon, a figure synonymous with Mayo football for over a decade having decided to move on.James Horan and Lee Keegan after the game.Manager led the county to four All-Ireland finals during two spells as manager Expand James Horan: “It has been a brilliant journey and I feel very lucky to have worked with great players and people during that time.H oran confirmed the decision less than 24 hours after the eight-point loss, bringing to an end a second four-year term.
James Horan’s departure after a four-year term, the same spell of service that he had filled between 2011 and 2014, had helped transform Mayo’s fortunes. Six Connacht title wins, four All-Ireland final appearances, a National League triumph in 2019 and participation in an array of epic games, all occurred under his watch. Image: James Crombie/INPHO JAMES HORAN INSISTED it is not the time ‘to make rash promises or decisions’ after Mayo’s championship exit today at the hands of Kerry. But with Horan vacating the hotseat, who are the contenders to come in to replace him? Lee Keegan and James Horan after the game. [ Mayo’s shooting deserts them once again as Kerry march on to meet Dublin ] “It has been a brilliant journey and I feel very lucky to have worked with great players and people during that time,” Horan said on Monday. Source: James Crombie/INPHO Ray Dempsey Dempsey was involved at the coalface as a player with Mayo, featuring in the 1989 and 1996 All-Ireland final losses. He has made no decision on whether he will look to remain in the Mayo hotseat, describing this year as ‘tough’ for the 2020 and 2021 All-Ireland finalists. He took over the Mayo minors, working with the likes of Aidan O’Shea and Cillian O’Connor, as they reached the All-Ireland final stage in 2008 and 2009, losing out to Tyrone and Armagh respectively. Last year Cillian O'Connor ruptured an Achilles tendon that has left him playing catch up with fitness and form.
More recently Dempsey has taken Knockmore to back-to-back Mayo county senior final successes. “Everyone will take (time) to reflect, for sure. “Hopefully, there is a strong base for Mayo football to be moved forward to new heights. an impressive feat after they had been waiting since 1997 to lift the Paddy Moclair Cup. Advertisement Maurice Sheridan Another player with All-Ireland senior final experience, lining out for Mayo in the 1996 and 1997 deciders. I was just saying out there that if you were designing a year it would be the absolute inverse of what we had. Sheridan won the All-Ireland club title with Salthill-Knocknacarra in 2006, enjoying a notable success as manager with another Galway outfit earlier this year, steering NUIG to the Sigerson Cup crown, a team that included current Galway lynchpins Sean Kelly and Matthew Tierney. But most importantly it’s the players that represent Mayo we all should be very proud of. He has been Mayo U20 boss for the past two seasons, they have contested Connacht finals but were defeated by Roscommon and Sligo respectively. We were down a lot of games and it would be very easy just for you to call it a night but (they) didn’t, kept going, so huge credit to the lads involved. Enter email address Sign Up "Now that the season has drawn to a close and my second four-year term as Mayo Senior Football manager has been completed, I am stepping aside from Mayo football," he said.
Mike Solan This year Solan has been working with the Leitrim setup alongside Andy Moran, the pair jointly managed their native Ballaghadereen last year. Prior to that Solan guided the Mayo U21s to All-Ireland glory in 2016 and the Mayo U20 team to an All-Ireland final appearance in 2018. We didn’t get the breaks for sure but that’s not a road worth any good for anyone going down that. He had Mattie Ruane, Stephen Coen, Fergal Boland, Conor Loftus, Diarmuid O’Connor, Michael Plunkett and James Carr in that 2016 setup, while Jordan Flynn, Ryan O’Donoghue and Tommy Conroy were in the ranks of that 2018 team. Andy Moran.” Speculation will now fall on the future of Mayo’s long-serving players with Horan asked about two of their veteran stars in Lee Keegan and Kevin McLoughlin. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHO Andy Moran Could Moran himself take the top job in May0? One of the county’s most celebrated football figures, Moran retired in 2019 after a splendid playing career. I have worked with some amazing people over the last decade from Support Teams right through, there are too many to mention here, but I will ensure every one of them understands the tremendous contribution they have made to their county.
He won eight Connacht medals and one National League medal in his playing career, while Moran was crowned Footballer of the Year in 2017, the same year of his second All-Star win. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO “It’s hard to know that is for everyone to decide, the way the two guys are playing they still have a huge amount to offer and they are brilliant ambassadors for the game in Mayo so it is completely their decision, they’ll take time. This year has been his first major managerial role as he took charge of Leitrim, their season ending with a penalty shootout loss to Sligo in the Tailteann Cup quiarter-final. Kevin McStay McStay also has an All-Ireland final outing in the memory bank as a player from 1989, while he won an All-Star in 1985.” Horan had clear cause for regret over the shooting of his side in the second half. A well-respected pundit with RTÉ, he enjoyed managerial success with St Brigid’s as they made a memorable breakthrough to land the All-Ireland club championship on St Patrick’s Day 2013. Exclusive NZ - IRE Rugby Analysis Get Murray Kinsella's match analysis and Garry Doyle's updates from New Zealand exclusive to members Become a Member Later McStay took over the Roscommon team, the highlight of his three-year reign was the 2017 Connacht final win. We’d an awful lot of attacks, we just didn’t get the return from the possession that we had. Mayo chair Seamus Tuohy thanked Horan for his efforts.
He was in the frame for the Mayo job in late 2014 to succeed Horan but was left disappointed as the pair of Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly were entrusted with the role. Malachy O'Rourke. That was where they got ahead into a comfortable lead and they managed it from there. Source: Lorcan Doherty/INPHO An outside voice… The contenders above are all local, natives who have enjoyed football careers interwined with the fortunes of Mayo teams. High-profile outside candidates may enter the frame but it’s always debatable how realistic some of those suggestions are. Some of that is technique, some of it is the speed you are taking the shot at, all that sort of stuff so its an an area the guys will look at, we’ll look at. Jim McGuinness and Malachy O’Rourke are managers of renown following their exploits with Ulster counties. Knockmore's back-to-back county title winning manager Ray Dempsey could be a contender while Kevin McStay's name will be part of any potential list of candidates though McStay did stress when he departed Roscommon in 2018 that he would not be returning to inter-county management.
Stephen Rochford previously was at the helm but has been involved coaching Donegal for the last few years. Michael Plunkett was probably our best player throughout the league this year, so he was a huge loss. Kevin O’Brien enjoyed a stunning run of success at club level with Corofin in Galway. The sense remains that the contenders within the county may be the leading ones at this stage.” The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: the42. The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: the42.ie .