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James Horan Is Back

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Replying To EugeneFox:  "Feel bad for Mike Solan seeing as Horan had 4 years previously and couldnt get the job done. Hard to see what he will achieve with an older bunch of players than he had previously. How will this effect his Westport commitments ?"
Well he obviously won't be managing Westport anymore. Horan is a smart man. I'm sure he doesn't think it's a matter of rounding up his team from 2014 and winning Sam.

There are plenty of good young footballers in the county. Most people are hoping James will do what he did with Keegan, Boyle, McLoughlin etc and bring these young lads to the next level.

MayoDan (Mayo) - Posts: 89 - 05/10/2018 12:19:17    2145267

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Replying To EugeneFox:  "Feel bad for Mike Solan seeing as Horan had 4 years previously and couldnt get the job done. Hard to see what he will achieve with an older bunch of players than he had previously. How will this effect his Westport commitments ?"
Lol his Westport commitments? You must really know your stuff lad. You think he is double jobbing? Horan was the better choice. Solan has time on his side so if you think there is no All Ireland in the current squad isn't it better Solan didn't get it.

If Solan comes again I would hope he isn't coming with Billy Sheehan as part of his team!!

TheFlaker (Mayo) - Posts: 5978 - 06/10/2018 16:46:35    2145378

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Replying To EugeneFox:  "Feel bad for Mike Solan seeing as Horan had 4 years previously and couldnt get the job done. Hard to see what he will achieve with an older bunch of players than he had previously. How will this effect his Westport commitments ?"
Couldn't get the job done serious re write of history through the eyes of a premiership soccer fan , one coach wins an all Ireland every year therefore every other coach is a failure, bullshi7

Damothedub (Dublin) - Posts: 5157 - 06/10/2018 21:15:44    2145388

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One thing I'd say is Horan is a better manager than the man he's replacing but really can't see him being able to deliver Sam for Mayo over the next 4 years or even come close. If he does it will be an incredible achievement.

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1110 - 07/10/2018 15:35:26    2145426

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He did his very best the last time out with what was probably the greatest Mayo side of all time

He'll know that he doesn't have the same players in their prime from his last outing

Years and mileage have built up. Plenty of mental baggage too. That group went through a hell of a lot after he walked away.

All depends how he approaches it from the off.. he obviously pitched his strategy to the CB

Does he think he could possibly sneek one with the same bulk group only making a couple of changes and hoping injuries improve or does he look to build from the off and say that 2019 is the start of a project and anything beyond a Super 8 appearance would be great.

Mayo's league campaign will be interesting and I'm guessing that we'll be seeing a fair few new faces, Mayo generally struggle and have only survived by the skin of their teeth in previous seasons to maintain their Div 1 status

Might see Mayo go down before they start to rise once again under Horan.

jimbodub (Dublin) - Posts: 18699 - 07/10/2018 16:43:18    2145430

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Replying To jimbodub:  "He did his very best the last time out with what was probably the greatest Mayo side of all time

He'll know that he doesn't have the same players in their prime from his last outing

Years and mileage have built up. Plenty of mental baggage too. That group went through a hell of a lot after he walked away.

All depends how he approaches it from the off.. he obviously pitched his strategy to the CB

Does he think he could possibly sneek one with the same bulk group only making a couple of changes and hoping injuries improve or does he look to build from the off and say that 2019 is the start of a project and anything beyond a Super 8 appearance would be great.

Mayo's league campaign will be interesting and I'm guessing that we'll be seeing a fair few new faces, Mayo generally struggle and have only survived by the skin of their teeth in previous seasons to maintain their Div 1 status

Might see Mayo go down before they start to rise once again under Horan."
It would be fair to say this Mayo squad on current form and age are behind Dublin but Horan also knows that they are probably also good enough to make it back to a final. Nobody from the chasing pack is ahead of Mayo in my eyes, it is wide open.

TheFlaker (Mayo) - Posts: 5978 - 07/10/2018 17:20:14    2145433

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Replying To TheFlaker:  "It would be fair to say this Mayo squad on current form and age are behind Dublin but Horan also knows that they are probably also good enough to make it back to a final. Nobody from the chasing pack is ahead of Mayo in my eyes, it is wide open."
Fair enough assessment. Fair play to him for taking it on again.

essmac (Tyrone) - Posts: 489 - 07/10/2018 20:51:46    2145467

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Great to see Horan back, hope to replace Roscommon as number two in the west.

maroondiesel (Mayo) - Posts: 813 - 07/10/2018 21:24:09    2145477

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Replying To jimbodub:  "He did his very best the last time out with what was probably the greatest Mayo side of all time

He'll know that he doesn't have the same players in their prime from his last outing

Years and mileage have built up. Plenty of mental baggage too. That group went through a hell of a lot after he walked away.

All depends how he approaches it from the off.. he obviously pitched his strategy to the CB

Does he think he could possibly sneek one with the same bulk group only making a couple of changes and hoping injuries improve or does he look to build from the off and say that 2019 is the start of a project and anything beyond a Super 8 appearance would be great.

Mayo's league campaign will be interesting and I'm guessing that we'll be seeing a fair few new faces, Mayo generally struggle and have only survived by the skin of their teeth in previous seasons to maintain their Div 1 status

Might see Mayo go down before they start to rise once again under Horan."
The greatest Mayo team of all time won a couple of AIl Irelands. This is the greatest Mayo team most of us have followed, and possibly one of the greatest teams who've played the game in terms of character and sheer determination. I think the player's self-knowledge of their own individual preparations is an exceedingly valuable resource which isn't confined to the guys over 30 - there's a strong core of players very much in their prime who've been around the block and know what it takes, and this is what Horan is picking up. Whatever else anyone says about Horan (and for that matter Stephen Rochford) his teams never lack for physical preparedness, and win or lose they give a performance. I don't think anyone is looking for anything more than this. It's the Dubs who are on the cusp of making history and Mayo like the rest are going to their damnedest to derail that train, because history shouldn't be easy!

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 1811 - 08/10/2018 16:31:17    2145618

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