Former All-Ireland winning Donegal boss Jim McGuinness is among early favourites to take over the vacant Mayo job, it has emerged.

McGuinness alongside Mayo’s James Horan are being touted as possible successors after Stephen Rochford stepped down as Mayo senior football manager.

Speaking to RTE former Armagh All-Ireland winner Oisin McConville says the ball is most likely in McGuinness' court if he wants the job.

"Everybody is pretty sure that Jim McGuinness will at least be given the opportunity to become the new Mayo manager. Then it’s up to him if it is a challenge he wants to take on," he said.

"It’s time for a fresh start, maybe somebody from outside the county that can have a different influence and not bring in any baggage in with them.

"Maybe if McGuinness is interested he could become the manager."

Meanwhile, the early betting has put James Horan as the Even money favourite for the post he previously held between 2010 and 2014, while Jim McGuiness follows closely at 15/8.

The former All-Ireland winning Donegal boss had most recently been an assistant coach at the Chinese Super League club Beijing Sinobo Guoan, but has been unattached since leaving the role in January.

Michael Sloan, who oversaw Mayo’s Under-21 All-Ireland title in 2016 is the nearest challenger to the leading pair in the betting at 5/1.

Lawrence Lyons, Spokesperson for BoyleSports commented: “The news from the West came as a bit of a surprise, but the runners and riders for the big Mayo job are already positioning themselves and James Horan and Jim McGuinness have seen the bulk of early support.

“They’re certainly the two names we want to have on our side at this early stage and we’ll be keeping an eye on any subsequent market moves for clues as to where the board go next.”

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