Mayo players, with Liam Horan and his backroom staff in the background, before the All-Ireland football final in 2012, which they lost to Donegal by 2-11 to 0-13. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

KD: You managed Ballintubber to the Mayo intermediate championship before the senior final in 2007. Do you remember that day?JH: Yeah. Against Kiltima(...)

Conor Mortimer: His new book is entitled One Sunday: A Day In The Life Of The Mayo Football Team. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

There are two hold-the-phone revelations in Conor Mortimer’s new book and neither of them have anything to do with James Horan. Indeed, they don’t hav(...)

Jim McGuinness:  no longer at the helm with All-Ireland finalists Donegal, which constitutes a significant departure. Photograph: Russell Pritchard/Inpho/Presseye/

When Tom Carr was manager of the Dublin footballers he made the point that intercounty management devoured your time. There were meetings and training(...)

The newly appointed Mayo management team of Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly. Photograph: Tom Honan/Inpho

A turbulent meeting of the Mayo County Board tonight ended with the official ratification of Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly as the new senior football (...)

Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes, pictured here after leading Mayo to the under-21 All-Ireland title in 2006, will replace James Horan as joint managers of the senior team. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Mayo have decided to go with joint managers to replace James Horan with Noel Connolly and Pat Holmes having been put forward by the interview committe(...)

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy scores a goal past Mayo goalkeeper Robert Hennelly and Ger Cafferkey in the All-Ireland semi-final replay last month. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The season is all but done. It will be three months before we’ll be writing reviews of the football year even though the only data missing right now i(...)

 Former Mayo manager James Horan has been critical of the county boardfor not backing his team in the week between the drawn All Ireland semi-final against Kerry and its replay. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In James Horan’s first interview since stepping down as Mayo manager, he has hit out at the Mayo county board for not backing his team in the week bet(...)

James Horan: has shaped a highly skilled and physically impressive team which, it seems, has limitless heart. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Two very significant developments took place many miles away from last weekend’s thunderous All-Ireland football semi-finals, both of which instantly (...)

Kerry’s David Moran with Jason Doherty and Cillian O’Connor of Mayo. Moran’s display in midfield was a huge plus factor for Kerry. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In all my years playing and watching Kerry football it’s hard to recall a game of such nervous excitement as witnessed at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturd(...)

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy scores a goal past Mayo goalkeeper Robert Hennelly and Ger Cafferkey. Photograph: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Think back to that day in Portlaoise when Colm Cooper, wearing the colours of Dr Crokes, collapsed under the attentions of Castlebar men to end all f(...)