James Horan has stepped down as Mayo manager with immediate effect, bringing his second spell in charge of the county to an end.

Horan was initially appointed Mayo manager back in October 2010 and led Mayo to back-to-back All-Ireland football finals in 2012 against Donegal and in 2013 against Dublin.

In 2014 Horan resigned as Mayo manager but returned for a second spell four years later in 2018.

He once again led Mayo back to consecutive All-Ireland football finals in 2020 against Dublin and in 2021 against Tyrone.

Horan also won six Connacht titles and one Allianz National Football League crown with Mayo.

Sunday's defeat to Kerry in the All-Ireland quarter-finals has proven to be his last game in charge, meaning the elusive Sam Maguire win has not materialised despite many memorable victories during his two spells.

Horan said: "It has been a brilliant journey and I feel very lucky to have worked with great players and people during that time.

"We had some great times and created brilliant memories that will live on. The initial focus was to make Mayo football consistently competitive on the main stage, I feel that has been achieved and the senior team have moved in the right direction.

"Hopefully, there is a strong base for Mayo football to be moved forward to new heights. I have worked with some amazing people over the last decade from support teams right through, there are too many to mention here, but I will ensure every one of them understands the tremendous contribution they have made to their county.

"Also, the Mayo supporters that followed the team through thick and thin were brilliant and the support we as a team have received over the years has been fantastic. But most importantly it's the players that represent Mayo we all should be very proud of. They are brilliant ambassadors for our county and have a spirit and togetherness that will keep Mayo football moving forward."

Mayo GAA chairperson Seamus Tuohy said Horan "gave everything" as Mayo boss.

He added: "I want to thank James for his dedication, commitment and contribution to Mayo GAA firstly as a player and secondly as a manager. James has given it everything and while the ultimate reward did not arrive, he cannot be faulted for his effort.

"Mayo have been consistently competitive under James and we have come agonisingly close on so many occasions. I regret his departure but appreciate the huge sacrifices he has made over this period."

Tuohy said Mayo GAA's executive committee will undergo the process of considering suitable candidates to replace Horan in the coming weeks.

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