Mike Solan during his stint in charge of the Mayo Under 20 team. Photo: Sportsfile

New favourite for the Mayo job emerges from the pack

Mike Solan is the new favourite to replace James Horan as Mayo manager after his odds plummeted in recent days.

Solan, who led Mayo to the Under 21 All-Ireland title in 2016, has been part of Andy Moran’s back-room team in Leitrim and is the increasingly popular choice with punters.

His odds have now plummeted into 4/5 from 5/1 with BoyleSports following huge local support, while Moran has been removed from the betting after it was confirmed he is to remain in charge of Leitrim for the next two seasons.

That makes Solan the new favourite to replace Horan, who stepped down from the role following Mayo’s defeat to Kerry in the All-Ireland quarterfinals this day last week.

Ray Dempsey, who has back-to-back Mayo titles with Knockmore on his CV, was the original market leader at even money but has since been pushed out to 6/4.

Sarah Kinsella, spokesperson for BoyleSports, commented: “We have noticed a huge burst of support from the west over the last 24 hours for Mike Solan to be appointed next Mayo manager, leaving us no choice but to make him the new favourite. Solan is now 4/5 from 5/1, so he is now well into the red figures for us, while the original support in favour of Ray Dempsey is drying up.”