James Horan won’t be taking the Donegal job after all 5 years ago

James Horan won’t be taking the Donegal job after all

That’s that one nipped in the bud then.

Former Mayo manager James Horan has confirmed that he will not be taking over as manager of the Donegal footballers from Jim McGuinness, despite speculation linking him to the role yesterday.

Following a flurry of bets in their outlets in the border counties, Boylesports moved Horan from 33/1 outsider into 11/4 favourite to take over from Jim McGuinness, who stepped down from his position on Friday night.

There was a large degree of scepticism about the Horan speculation given that he had recently cited work and family commitments amongst the reasons for stepping down as Mayo manager following defeat to Kerry in the All-Ireland semi-final last month and the man himself has confirmed that there is no truth in the rumour after all.

“That’s the bookies for you. No, I won’t be going for the Donegal job,” Horan told The Irish News (€).

“I’m taking a break. I won’t be going for the Donegal position. They’re a serious footballing county, but I won’t be going for it.”

The search for McGuinness’ successor began in earnest in a meeting of the Donegal County Board last night, with the likes of Rory Gallagher, Declan Bonner and Damien Diver all in contention to succeed the most successful manager the county has ever seen.