Horan heading for the Hills?


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There’s been a frothy bubble of speculation over the past 24 hours about the vacant manager’s position in Donegal and whether or not James Horan might be going for it. Originally a 33/1 outsider for the post, a number of large wagers yesterday on the recently departed Mayo manager have seen him backed down to 11/4 favourite with Boylesports for the job. Paddy Power, meanwhile, are quoting him at 7/2, with Rory Gallagher their favourite at 10/3.

The Irish Independent have a story on this, The Score have too, as have Hogan Stand and that noted newshound Brian Carthy even managed a mention of it on RTÉ’s sports bulletin on the radio this morning. But it’s still all nonsense, of course, and today’s Irish News appears to confirm this, as they have some direct quotes from James saying that he won’t be going for the job. So now you know.

11 thoughts on “Horan heading for the Hills?

  1. Complete publicity stunt by bookies to try persuade silly punters join the “bandwagon” and throw on a few quid

    As the saying goes a fool and his money are easily parted.

    No chance of it happening in a million years

  2. It does not add up. Donegal style was a defensive zonal formation and Mayo under James Horan was a man for man game to a large extent. I cannot see it happening, James Horan could not even use the sweeper system properly when he tried it.

  3. Cheap publicity and no more. I believe Gallagher will get it. Should be an interesting NFL in 2015.

  4. Met JH outside the sportsground last Fri eve. Had the privilege to shake his hand and thank him for what he has done for Mayo football. It struck me it was the first time i’ve ever seen him outside of the Mayo GAA setup and I remarked to my gf how he looked the picture of relaxation.

    At least now he can enjoy doing other social things himself. Not a chance he will be going to Donegal. If anything I would say he’ll be taking a break for a while to catch up on life!

  5. There was never a snowballs chance in hell that James would have even considered the Donegal job. Following big Jim would never be easy and an outside Manager would be on a looser from the off. Wise choice for James to take a break.

  6. The bookies have obviously got the message. If you click on those links in the piece now, you’ll see that James is on offer at 10/1 with Boylesports and 33/1 with Paddy Power. Both have Rory Gallagher the clear favourite to get the job.

  7. Take a good rest James and one day come back and lead us to the promise land the Green and Red were unbeatable in Connacht and very competitive outside it under Horan and I for one hope he comes back one day but in the mean time good luck to Connelly and Holmes the King is dead long live the King

  8. 6 mayo men nominated for all stars. Congratulations to Cillian, Keith, Aidan, seamie, colm and lee. 9 dubs, 9 Donegal and 11 kerrymen among the nominees. Footballer of the year between O Donoghue, Neil mc gee and Diarmuid Connolly.

  9. As much as I detest Connolly, he should be voted the player of the year. For club and county he has been the most effective player in the country. O’Donoghue will probably get it though. Scoreless in the final, 4 scores from play off Higgins over 170 minutes of football and the darling of Marty and ger Canning. He is a shoe-in for it.

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