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James Horan has this morning, via his column in the Western People (paper and digital editions), confirmed that he is not allowing his name to go forward for the vacant position as manager of the county’s senior football team.
Saying that it was “a little unusual to have to pull out of a race I was never in” James cites coaching and performance commitments he already has elsewhere, combined with “everyday life” as the reasons why he’s not contemplating a return to the position he held with such distinction from 2011 to 2014. He added that with the right structures in place to support the ambition of the players to “drive on” next year, “great things are possible” for us.
With James out of the running, the focus is now squarely on Stephen Rochford. It was reported the other day – article in the Irish Examiner here – that the Crossmolina native is in the process of putting together and impressive-sounding backroom team. Despite reports of this encouraging development, though, there’s still no firm evidence that he is in fact willing to let his name go forward for the job.
Indeed, with Corofin preparing for a Connacht club semi-final against St Mary’s of Sligo on Sunday week, Stephen has more than enough to be thinking about in the short-term. The deadline for nominations in relation to the Mayo job is, though, this coming Sunday (November 1st) so, with the way now apparently clear for him to land the post if he’s interested in it, Stephen has a big decision to make over the next few days.