Horan to continue as Mayo boss, but Nallen steps down

The Mayo County Board have issued confirmation that James Horan is staying on as the county's senior football manager, following what they termed 'a very productive meeting' with him earlier tonight.

In a statement released after the get-together, the Mayo board announced that Horan is 100% committed to the role and is looking forward to the 2014 campaign which will be his fourth at the helm.

The Ballintubber clubman, who took over from John O'Mahony in September 2010, is convinced that Mayo will win an All-Ireland and described the speculation earlier this month on his future as 'pure nonsense'.

After guiding the county to three Connacht titles and two All-Ireland final appearances in three years, Horan will enter his fourth season intent on ending Mayo's 63-year wait to lift the Sam Maguire Cup.

"Nothing has changed, the ambition of this squad is to win an All-Ireland and that is an ambition that drives us all," said the two-time All-Star wing forward, whose side have suffered All-Ireland final reversals to both Donegal and Dublin.

However, Horan will proceed without one important member of his backroom team, selector James Nallen.

The Crossmolina native, who has been part of every Mayo senior set-up since 1995, is stepping down as a selector due to 'family and work commitments'. The Mayo County Board thanked Nallen for 'his commitment over the last two years in the management team'.

"It'll be a real shame not to have James with us next year, 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," explained Horan.

"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."

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