Saturday 3 December 2016

Dubs deserved the win but Mayo will get Sam next year

Published 03/10/2016 | 02:30

Dublin’s Philly Mc Mahon and Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor after final whistle
Dublin’s Philly Mc Mahon and Mayo’s Diarmuid O’Connor after final whistle

Depending on which team you supported at Croke Park on Saturday evening, the result sparked all-consuming joy or heartache.

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Dublin really are a great team and were deserving winners - if, however, you support Mayo, you might rightly feel aggrieved at the changing of the goalkeepers, which, no matter how well argued, made no sense at all. Jim Gavin set out his stall, left nothing to chance and his substitutions worked 100pc. The only thing Mayo can take out of this match is the absolute certainty that Sam will be with them come 2017.

Yes, rumours are doing the rounds that Sam Allardyce is taking over the running of the Mayo football team next year!

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