Home GAA James Horan Cites Unfavourable ‘Environment’ In Mayo As Speculation Cooled

James Horan Cites Unfavourable ‘Environment’ In Mayo As Speculation Cooled

With Stephen Rochford resigning from the post of Mayo senior football manager, everyone is having their say on who should be the person to take charge of the red and green for the 2019 campaign. 

After a disappointing season, where Mayo were knocked out of the championship by Kildare in the famous ‘Newbridge or Nowhere’ qualifier, Rochford was expected to stay for another year with a new background team but he resigned after an alleged lack of support from the County Board.

Former Mayo manager James Horan has been linked with a return to the post but he has cooled speculation on that today in an interview with the Irish Daily Star.

“Since stepping down, I have done various other things and am managing Westport at the moment, which is something I’m really enjoying.

“To be honest, a return to the inter-county game hasn’t been on my short-term radar.

“My name has been mentioned in relation to the Mayo post since Stephen Rochford left, but I’ve had no approach nor have I approached anyone.”

With Mayo GAA having also been rocked with the news of Carnacon being removed from the Mayo league and championship, the county has attracted a lot of attention recently.

Horan, who believes he would need to have a full say on matters if he was to return as Mayo boss, believes that wouldn’t be the case if he did decide to take up the role he left at the end of 2014.

“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,” he said.

“If I was ever to go back into it, I wouldn’t do so, unless that was the case.

“That, I would suggest, is not the environment at the moment.”

About Sean McMahon

Sean is Head of Pundit Arena Rugby. Contact him on Twitter here: