Former Mayo manager James Horan has played down reports he is set for a return to the hot seat he vacated at the end of 2014.

Horan was swiftly installed as the favourite to replace Stephen Rochford, who quit in protest at a perceived lack of county board support on Monday.

However, Horan, who led Mayo to All-Ireland finals in 2012 and 2013, told The Irish Daily Star: "Since stepping down, I have done various other things and am managing Westport at the moment, which is something I'm really enjoying.

"To be honest, a return to the inter-county game hasn't been on my short-term radar.

"My name has been mentioned in relation to the Mayo post since Stephen Rochford left, but I've had no approach nor have I approached anyone."

Horan also insisted any return would be on his own terms, suggesting that issues he had with the county board before departing four years ago might remain.

"People need to work together for the betterment of Mayo football and it’s fairly clear that this didn’t always happen," he declared in September 2014.

"There is no point in going into inter-county management unless you are fully confident you can do things the way you think they should be done," he added this week.

"If I was ever to go back into it, I wouldn't do so, unless that was the case.

"That, I would suggest, is not the environment at the moment."