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Heartbroken Alan Dillon pays tribute to 'absolute legend' James Horan

The Mayo forward took to Twitter this morning to share his gratitude for the resigned manager.

Horan was understandably dejected after another heartbreaking defeat at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday.
Horan was understandably dejected after another heartbreaking defeat at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday.
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MAYO FORWARD ALAN Dillon has paid tribute to the work of James Horan as the county’s manager over the last four years, and says supporters should not question the squad’s desire and motivation.

The Heather County bowed out of the All-Ireland football championship at the semi-final stage yesterday in the Gaelic Grounds, as Kerry finished the stronger to secure a 3-16 to 3-13 win and set up a final against the winners of today’s Dublin v Donegal contest.

Dillon, who started in the full-forward line against Kerry, has taken to Twitter to share his gratitude for what Horan has done in bringing Mayo to the brink on several occasions in recent years.

The former All Star also revealed that he and his teammates awoke “heartbroken and lost in tears” this morning, following yesterday’s loss in Limerick.

Horan guided Mayo to two All-Ireland finals after taking over in 2010; losing to Donegal in 2012 and Dublin last year. His decision to resign came swiftly in the aftermath of yesterday’s defeat to Kerry.

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