James Horan commits to Mayo as Brian Whelahan set for Offaly hurling position

Updated: Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 23:28 | Comments

James Horan succeeded John O'Mahony as Mayo manager in 2010
James Horan succeeded John O'Mahony as Mayo manager in 2010

James Horan has confirmed that he will remain as Mayo football manager in 2014, but James Nallen is to leave the inter-county set-up after being a mainstay of the backroom team since 1995.

Mayo’s county board met with Horan tonight, who described speculation surrounding his future in the job as “pure nonsense”.

After guiding the county to three Connacht titles and two All-Ireland finals during his three-year tenure, the Ballintubber native will enter his fourth season at the helm intent on ending Mayo's 63-year wait for Sam Maguire.

"Nothing has changed, the ambition of this squad is to win an All-Ireland and that is an ambition that drives us all," Horan said.

The manger paid tribute to the departing Nallen, who cited both family and work commitments as key factors in his decision to step aside.

"It'll be a real shame not to have James with us next year,” he added.

“He's been an inspirational figure to the players and, having played 132 competitive games for Mayo, his experience was something we could always turn to.

“Replacing a real legend in Mayo football won't be easy.

“I've met a few people but it's too early to announce anything.”

In hurling news, the Offaly senior hurling manager selection committee have recommended Brian Whelahan  for the position of Offaly manager for a two-year period.

The four-time All-Star won two All-Ireland medals with Offaly in 1994 and 1998.

And in Waterford, as had been expected, Derek McGrath has been ratified as the county's new senior hurling manager.

McGrath has been given a three-year term and succeeds Michael Ryan, while former Hurler of the Year Dan Shanahan will serve as a selector, as will William Maher who  was an All-Ireland winner with the Tipperary minors in 1996.

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