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Odds on James Horan to be the next Donegal boss slashed after a 'flurry of bets'

The former Mayo boss is the new favourite.

James Horan with Karl Lacey in 2013.
James Horan with Karl Lacey in 2013.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

A LEADING IRISH bookmakers has slashed the odds on former Mayo manager James Horan to become the next Donegal football manager after a flurry of bets were placed on him on Monday.

Horan, who stepped down as Mayo manager after they were knocked out by current All-Ireland champions Kerry in the semi-finals after a replay, was initially installed at 33/1 on Saturday following the news that Jim McGuinness was stepping down.

However, he is now the 11/4 favourite with Boylesports.

Damien Diver and Rory Gallagher – who were the 9/4 favourites prior to the gamble on Horan – have both been eased out to 7/2 with Declan Bonner 5/1 after being initially 2/1.

Liam Glynn, PR Executive at Boylesports said:

“We laid numerous bets at 33/1 on James Horan and then laid him at 10/1 and 5/1 and as the demand continued we had to cut him into the 11/4 favourite.

“The bets were all placed in our border county shops and now as it stands, James Horan is the worst result in the book for Boylesports.”

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Some, however, are sceptical that Horan will get the job:

Next Donegal Manager Odds

James Horan – 11/4
Damien Diver – 7/2
Rory Gallagher – 7/2
Declan Bonner – 5/1
Martin McHugh – 7/1
Peter Canavan – 16/1
Tony McEntee – 16/1
Seamus McEnaney – 20/1
Kevin Cassidy – 20/1
Brian McEniff – 33/1
Kevin McStay – 33/1
Brendan Devenney – 33/1
Paul Grimley – 33/1
Liam Bradley – 33/1

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