There’s been a fair bit of loose talk over the last 48 hours or so about James Horan’s position as manager and his relations with the County Board and so the following statement, issued a short while ago by the County Board, is worth quoting in full:
Following a very productive meeting last night with the Mayo Senior Football Manager, it has been unanimously decided to recommend to the Coiste Banistí of Mayo G.A.A. that James Horan be given a 2-year extension to his 3-year term contract. This recommendation will go before next Monday nights County Board Meeting.
Despite UNCONFIRMED and UNWARRANTED reports earlier this week, the Mayo Senior Football Team Manager and Mayo County Board have always had and will continue to have a very good working relationship. Mayo County Board along with the Mayo Senior Football Management are committed to ensuring that the Mayo Senior Footballers receive the best available resources and facilities in order to help them fulfil their full potential.
The Mayo Senior Team under the management of James Horan have made tremendous progress in the last 2 years. Mayo County Board are delighted to have a manager of the calibre that is James Horan and remain extremely confident that this team will realise their ultimate goal in the very near future.
I’m going to resist the temptation, difficult though it is to do so, to say “I told you so”. This was always, to my mind, no more than a storm in a teacup and I’m not in the least bit surprised that the outcome hasn’t turned out to be the kind of Armageddon one that some were confidently predicting would happen.
It’s obviously great news, in particular the part about the two-year extension to James’ term. We’ve made enormous progress since James was appointed just over two years ago and the potential is clearly there to go further. The knowledge that James is being offered the opportunity to continue at the helm for an extended period is obviously very, very good news as is the County Board’s commitment that the best available resources will be made available to James and the lads as they seek to fulfil the dream we all share of seeing the county reclaim Sam once more.
Now that this issue has been resolved (or will be once it’s been definitively confirmed that James is staying on for the extended term), it’s time to move ahead and start thinking about the future and, in particular, what 2013 might hold for us. You’d never know, at this rate they might even let us back into the FBD!