Just two names have been put forward to become the next Mayo football manager - James Horan and Mike Solan.

Both were known to be interested in taking the post so it's little surprise that they have been nominated. No other candidates have been put forward, putting an end to speculation that Mayo could go for a high-profile face from outside the county.

The deadline for nominations passed at 1.0pm on Wednesday. Clubs had been asked to put forward names and the candidate had to sign their own nomination form in order to indicate their interest.

Horan was in charge of Mayo from 2010 to 2014 and he guided them to four Connacht titles and two All-Ireland final appearances in that time, losing to Donegal in '12 and Dublin in '13.

He is the favourite to get the job, though in the past he had a rocky relationship with the Mayo County Board.

Solan is from Ballaghaderreen and managed Mayo to the 2016 All-Ireland Under-21 title. His brother Barry is currently employed as a strength and conditioning coach with Premier League giants Arsenal and he was involved in Stephen Rochford's backroom team.

It's now over three weeks since Rochford stepped down as Green Above the Red boss after a stand-off with the county's executive committee over the make up of his proposed management team for 2019.

The executive have yet to announce plans for how they will proceed with appointing a new manager.