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James Horan Is Back - 4 Like(s)

Replying To Inaroundehouse:  "Is there a better panel in Mayo now than when Horan left previously. I don't think so. So what's going to make the difference this year or next year above any other year previous?"
The panel James Horan left behind in 2014 still had Alan Dillion,Barry Moran on it who were still able to provide a capable role for the team. Andy Moran,David Clarke aged 30 Keith Higgins 29 Colm Boyle 28 Seamus O Shea,Ger Cafferky,Chris Barrett 27 Tom Parsons 26 Donal Vaughan,Kevin McLoughlin 25 Jason Doherty,Aidan O Shea,Lee Keegan 24 Cillan O Connor 22 Add 5 years onto to ages for 2019 plus the high mileage on their legs and you see clearly that this panel will not be better or at the same level. Some good players coming through but nearly every county in the top 10 has that but what Mayo need is replacements that are going to be as good as the likes of Boyle,Higgins,Moran and be able to make an impact in the business end of the championship. Challenging time ahead for Mayo and much tougher job for Horan on his return.

Yondu (National) - 25/09/2018 17:09:25

James Horan Is Back - 3 Like(s)

Replying To WaitingInTheLongGrass:  "Ah a great sight to see James Horan is gang. I can hear it now lads - "we are getting the band back together". Andy Moran will be on the Mayo panel until his 50s with the same non-scoring Mayo forward panel to lose a few more All-Irelands happy days. O Shea will flex his muscle again and name his preferred 15 no bother to him"
Meanwhile over in Roscommon..the best is yet to come....so we keep hearing ;)

yew_tree (National) - 25/09/2018 17:03:16

James Horan Is Back - 3 Like(s)

Replying To yew_tree:  "Meanwhile over in Roscommon..the best is yet to come....so we keep hearing ;)"
They had their chance in 1980, after that...

realdub (National) - 25/09/2018 17:19:58

JP McManus donates 100,000 to every county board - 2 Like(s)

Replying To browncows:  "He does not live inside the country and he makes his money outside Ireland (even the money that payed the bills to develop his hotel). Did you ever live abroad and if you did I expect that you payed your taxes where you lived- you need to get over it. It is good to see someone giving the money to the clubs as most of the money in most counties go into county setups."
Taxes he pays in the country he is in are a lot lower than almost all other countries. This is the point, not just the fact that he lives abroad and not in Ireland.

Donegalman (National) - 25/09/2018 14:53:42

JP McManus donates 100,000 to every county board - 2 Like(s)

Replying To TheUsername:  "This is a welcome development, This vital intervention means we can now add brunch with low fat, foam free lattes to the meal plan delivered to all Dublin players. ;)"
Money is to be divided up among the clubs in each county....I'd say all Dublin fans know where their local club is ;)

yew_tree (National) - 25/09/2018 07:29:43

JP McManus donates 100,000 to every county board - 2 Like(s)
Some gems here i must admit... particularly the 1 about the lattes. Incredible gesture by JP. No doubt the revenue and or GPA will be looking for a touch from the whole thing as well.

EugeneFox (National) - 25/09/2018 11:36:59

James Horan Is Back - 2 Like(s)
Kudos to the much maligned Mayo county board who kept the heat of the Players this time aorund unlike the Conolly/Holmes incident. James Horan has been out of the game along time now, understood he had his heart set on Hurling Management, hard to see what he can do with an aging Mayo Setup.

WunderBar (National) - 25/09/2018 11:54:28

JP McManus donates 100,000 to every county board - 2 Like(s)
Everyone going on about what a great gesture this is, according to a Revenue statement from 2 years ago, McManus has paid no income tax or capital gains tax in Ireland for the past TWENTY years! https://www.newstalk.com/Irish-billionaire-JP-McManus-has-paid-no-tax-in-Ireland-for-20-years So basically he's a billionaire who's avoided paying tax in his own country for decades and so has a bit of spare change to throw at his hobbies. Shur if I never had to pay tax I'd have more money to spend on my hobbies too (but there wouldn't be a queue of people lining up to tell me what a great lad I was).

ballydalane (National) - 25/09/2018 12:05:34

JP McManus donates 100,000 to every county board - 2 Like(s)

Replying To TheUsername:  "Latte's are required at club level too a chara we're not elitest in the craddle of Gaelic football, the odd crosainte is welcome too! ;)"
Tis a strange craddle that has only produced two decent teams in 90 years and one of them costing €25 million :D J.P. McManus is obviously intent on the Limerick hurlers securing world domination. A gesture like this is just part of a diabolical plan to elicit a civil war across Tipp, Cork, Clare, Wateford, Wexford, Killkenny and Galway. All he has to do is sit back and watch as hurling clubs become embroiled in a vicious struggle between themselves and their County Boards over how the money is distributed and to who!!!

TheHermit (National) - 25/09/2018 12:14:17

James Horan Is Back - 2 Like(s)

Replying To The_DOC:  "Do you seriously think the Mayo team this year...having just about stayed up in the Championship, and who admitted before the Galway game that this was the game they were targeting from the outset of the year....THEN when and decided to peak for August once in the qualifiers?"
Us Mayo fans are always optimistic by nature.. Would you rather we all play the poor mouth here and say we have no hope next year? Would that make you feel all warm inside?

yew_tree (National) - 25/09/2018 12:57:19

All Star Football Token Nominations - 2 Like(s)

Replying To WunderBar:  "hard to credit a single Kildare Nomination. a shocking season for them."
Hopefully someone from Galway will get the "pull out of the man" award. Well deserved. For a team that had a shocking season, Galway didn't exactly put us away when you had us down to 14 men. Wasn't long after you found out where you are in the food chain. The Kildare lads who got nominations got them on merit, same as everyone else.

kildare73 (National) - 25/09/2018 13:10:08

James Horan Is Back - 1 Like(s)
Ah a great sight to see James Horan is gang. I can hear it now lads - "we are getting the band back together". Andy Moran will be on the Mayo panel until his 50s with the same non-scoring Mayo forward panel to lose a few more All-Irelands happy days. O Shea will flex his muscle again and name his preferred 15 no bother to him

WaitingInTheLongGrass (National) - 25/09/2018 14:46:11

Underdogs 2018 TG4 - 1 Like(s)
A problem is that you only see what the editors decide to show, probably because they believe that it makes good television . The emphasis is on showing the physical traing they are put through, measurements of 'fitness' levels and snatches from the games they play. Not once have I seen any of the managers put them through skills sessions or discuss tactics, teamwork or particular 'plays'. The message it sends out is that the only requirement to be a county footballer is to be physically fit.

neverright (National) - 25/09/2018 15:08:21

All Star Football Token Nominations - 1 Like(s)

Replying To WunderBar:  "Better that then the 'Pull on the Man' Award"
You could have won a few of those too but most players tend to stand up. Something that might be useful to learn.

kildare73 (National) - 25/09/2018 15:16:50

Underdogs 2018 TG4 - 1 Like(s)

Replying To neverright:  "A problem is that you only see what the editors decide to show, probably because they believe that it makes good television . The emphasis is on showing the physical traing they are put through, measurements of 'fitness' levels and snatches from the games they play. Not once have I seen any of the managers put them through skills sessions or discuss tactics, teamwork or particular 'plays'. The message it sends out is that the only requirement to be a county footballer is to be physically fit."
Thats actually an interesting take on things. Personally if i were involved id be expecting them to have the cop on to realise the levels of fitness needed in order to compete against a county team themselves and in turn, spend more time on the important stuff such as say - kickout strategy, getting the ball to the lads who can shoot, setting up defensively and working the ball from defence to attack. All things Mr.Silke knows very little about.

EugeneFox (National) - 25/09/2018 16:12:14

James Horan Is Back - 1 Like(s)

Replying To The_DOC:  "Do you seriously think the Mayo team this year...having just about stayed up in the Championship, and who admitted before the Galway game that this was the game they were targeting from the outset of the year....THEN when and decided to peak for August once in the qualifiers?"
Mayo's league and Connacht championship form was identical in 2016, 2017 and 2018 under Rochford. That's no accident. Do you honestly think the Galway team that beat Mayo in 2016 and 2017 would have lived with Mayo in late August in Croke Park? Before you answer that, the team that beat Galway by 9 points in 2016, lost to Mayo by 6 points in the next round. And the team that beat Galway by 8 points in 2017, lost to Mayo by 5 points in the next round. Maybe, just maybe, Mayo are slightly different team team in August and September than in May and June.... And come off it - Galway in Castlebar, they're hardly going to say any different.

Unstoppable123 (National) - 25/09/2018 16:28:06

JP McManus donates 100,000 to every county board - 1 Like(s)
Apparently GAA HQ are absoloutely flabergasted at the method that Jp Mc Manus used in dispersing these funds. The belief that each county was to be treated equally with this fund was seen as "out there" and this approach was further seen as "preposterous in the extreme" by GAA officials when it was revealed that the smaller counties who need it the most were to receive the same as the stronger counties who dont need it as much with officials in HQ left scratching their heads at the thought of helping each county out to the same level. Apparently Mc Manus took the approach that there is 32 counties and as they all start on the same grid each year, on the same journey, they all merited the same donation, a move that the GAA have labelled as "setting a dangerous precedent"

tearintom (National) - 25/09/2018 16:56:54

James Horan Is Back - 1 Like(s)

Replying To jimbodub:  "He'll be leaving behind some £££ at Sky Fair play to him giving up his valuable time for free"
Totally agree , his county has come calling easiest thing in the world would be to turn his back remain a bit of a hero , of course it's a gamble ,similar to McStay who had a good number he also put his head on the chopping block , I just can't get over the negativity on here one poor season and that's it throw the towel in , maybe Dublin fans have reason to respect Mayo more than most considering the battles they've given us

Damothedub (National) - 25/09/2018 20:06:38

James Horan Is Back - 1 Like(s)

Replying To endgame:  "We did have a great chance in 1980.A three point defeat to Micko's Kerry,the greatest football team of all time."
Oh I know, I was at it, excellent Roscommon team that, awful shame.

realdub (National) - 25/09/2018 20:52:13

James Horan Is Back - 1 Like(s)

Replying To WaitingInTheLongGrass:  "At least we are not going down the insanity path like yereselves - doing the same thing again and somehow expecting a different result. "But hey we will get the auld jingles and singalongs going while the rest of the country panders to us for the lols and bantz". Give me strength. If hes the second coming then why did ye get rid of him in the first place? He had a great number in Sky alright - one thing I admire him for, he didnt follow the money like most other clowns but I cant really see any bit of joy coming for him. If they want to win a Nestor here and there fair enough but I cant see that satisfying the bloodthirsty supporters group that we all know and "love""
First of all Horan stepped down, "we" didn't get rid of him in 2014. Will he be successful (I.e win Sam) on the second stint..well it very hard to know. I've yet to see any Mayo fan claim here we will definitely win sam. Nothing wrong with hope or positive thinking. As for a Mayo "love in" its a myth...we are a laughing stock to the outside (sometimes our own doing) but I don't care. It's probably acceptable Dublin, Kerry, Galway etc will scoff at us because they are more successful but the likes of Roscommon and others should reallly concentrate on their own house.

yew_tree (National) - 25/09/2018 21:08:27