I’m currently en route to sunnier climes for work purposes for the rest of the week and, ensconced as I am at the minute in transit, this gives me time to point you in the direction of this somewhat breathless piece in today’s Irish Examiner about possible ructions involving James Horan and the County Board which, so the report goes, has meant that JH is “considering his position” before committing to the final year of his initial three-year term as manager of the senior county team.
The issues which appear to be causing trouble are, when you sit down and have a hard look at them, not ones that you’d put in the deal-breaker category, involving as they do the provision of training pitches, access to McHale Park and hotel arrangements for matches in Dublin. I can’t imagine that any of them – either separately or cumulatively – could be so serious that they’d result in James walking away from a role in which he’s made such enormous progress over the past two years and where the promise of greater days lies ahead.
This all sounds like a bit of sabre-rattling to me and, quite possibly, a fairly ham-fisted attempt by someone to up the ante on one side or the other by blabbing to the media. My understanding is that while there are issues there to be sorted ahead of next year it’s unlikely in the extreme that any disagreements that might currently exist will lead to James walking away at this point in time. Let’s hope that this is indeed the case and that this story is put to bed in short order.