Wednesday 1 March 2017

Mayo 'spinal' problems cause concern

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

MAYO county secretary Sean Feeney pulled no punches in his annual report to County Convention when he appeared to question the desire of the county's senior footballers.

Feeney welcomed the appointment of James Horan but warned that he faced the same problems as "those confronted by John Maughan and John O'Mahony and unless we solve our spinal problems we will not progress."

Feeney described the heavy league final defeat to Cork as a "disaster" and the Connacht championship loss to Sligo as a "game that was there for the taking" where "too many players failed to perform with newcomer Alan Freeman the only player to emerge with reputation intact.

"No one expected Mayo to fall to Longford in the qualifiers but it sure did happen," he continued. "This ended John O Mahony's second term. No effort was spared in preparing the team but too many players did not perform when the going got tough."

Mayo's annual convention takes place on Tuesday, December 7.

Meanwhile, newly-appointed Tipperary hurling selector Michael Gleeson has confirmed he has stepped down as manager of county champions Thurles Sarsfields. Gleeson resigned after three seasons, informing the club that he wants to concentrate fully on his new role within the senior county team set-up.

Gleeson will be working with a number of clubmates in the Tipp camp, including Hurler of the Year Lar Corbett, Padraic Maher, Michael Cahill and Pa Bourke.

Gleeson's son Michael, who enjoyed a fine season at midfield for the club, has also been called up by new Tipp boss Declan Ryan.

Irish Independent

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