James Horan 'delighted' to be appointed Mayo football team manager
James Horan was ratified as Mayo’s Senior Football team manager at tonight’s county board meeting.
It’s the second time for Horan to take charge of his native county having previously managed them from 2011 to 2014.
During that first spell in charge he led them to four Connacht titles in a row but the ultimate prize of an All-Ireland title proved elusive as Mayo were beaten in the 2012 and 2013 All-Ireland Finals by Donegal and Mayo respectively.
Horan's management team was also unveiled tonight. Martin Barrett will be a team selector with Daniel Forde and James Burke assuming coaching duties. Burke, a Mayo native who lines out for Ballymun Kickhams, will likely work especially closely with the Dublin-based players in the squad.
A statement released by Mayo GAA tonight read: "Mayo GAA are delighted that James Horan has been ratified as the new Mayo Senior team manager. We look forward to working with James, his management team and the players over the coming months as we get ready for the 2019 season."
A statment realeased by James Horan tonight read: "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 Intercounty 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."
Meanwhile, Wayne Kierans has been appointed as Louth’s new senior football team manager, taking over from Pete McGrath who leaves the position after a single season in charge.
Kierans managed the Louth U-20 team this year and was also in charge of the Louth minor team that reached the county’s first Leinster Final in 46 years.