Former Mayo manager James Horan has played down speculation linking his name with the vacant manager’s job.

Speaking to today’s Daily Star, Horan says that that he has other things on his mind at the moment.

He says that inter-county management is incredibly demanding and says that having already done a four year stint previously with Mayo, you have to be careful that it doesn’t take over your whole life.

Horan says it is not an easy gig and you have to be totally committed to have any chance of making it work. He says since stepping down, he has done various other things, including managing Westport who have reached the last eight of the Mayo Senior Championship.

He is also finishing a Masters in Coaching through UCC.

Horan says a return to inter-county management hasn’t been on his short-term radar.

He told the paper that while his name has been linked with the job since Monday, it wouldn’t be fair to Westport to get drawn into any speculation.

He also said 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 and if he ever was to go back, he wouldn’t do so unless that was the case. He says that is not the environment at the moment.



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