It looks like James Horan will become the Mayo senior football manager for the second time after candidate Mike Solan withdrew from the race for the vacant post.
The western county have been on the lookout for a new manager after Stephen Rochford announced his departure recently.
Mayo suffered a disappointing campaign where they failed to win the Connacht Championship and also left the All-Ireland Championship during the qualifier stage at the hands of Kildare in the now infamous ‘Newbridge or Nowhere’ clash.
Solan was on a two-man shortlist along with Horan but the Mayo U20 football manager informed the county board that he is removing his name from the hat to succeed Rochford as the senior boss.
“Mayo GAA have been informed by Mike Solan that he is withdrawing his name for the role as Mayo Senior football team manager,” a statement said.
“We would like to thank Mike for putting his name forward for the role and 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 and plans for 2019.”
A statement from Solan was also included: “I would like to thank everyone who helped me in this process and I would like to wish the Mayo senior team every success in 2019 and beyond.”
As the statement said, the county board will now meet Horan to discuss his plans for 2019.