It’s already been well discussed here and reported elsewhere at this stage but in case you haven’t yet seen it, tonight’s statement from the County Board confirming that James Horan will remain on as manager for next year is here.
It’s obviously great news and it finally brings to an end a full month of speculation about James’ future intentions. And in case anyone is in any doubt about what those intentions are, James didn’t hold back tonight when he stated that “the ambition of this squad is to win an All-Ireland and that is an ambition that drives us all”.
The Board’s statement also confirmed that selector James Nallen won’t be part of the backroom team next year. As well as being with JH every step of the way since his appointment three years ago, the Board’s statement noted that the Crossmolina native has in fact been part of every Mayo squad since 1995. That’s one hell of a commitment and so it’s wholly understandable that Jimmy now needs to step back from his role within the Mayo management team.
James confirmed in the Board’s statement that he is looking to augment his backroom team for next year but that “it’s too early to announce anything” on that front at this stage. No doubt there’ll be further news on this before too awful long.