Sunday 25 September 2016

Confusion reigns as Ex-Mayo star now denies Jim McGuinness met the team

Published 17/09/2016 | 14:02

An All-Ireland final week filled with interest got a bit more intriguing yesterday evening when RTE commentator Martin Carney revealed to Matt Cooper that Jim McGuinness was brought in to talk to the Mayo team ahead of Sunday's clash with Dublin.

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The ex-Donegal manager famously masterminded a win over the seemingly unbeatable Dublin team in 2014, and has talked and written extensively about how to overcome Jim Gavin's men since.

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Stephen Rochford and his management team of Tony McEntee and Donie Buckley are known to be shrewd thinkers about the game, but according to Carney, they enlisted the help of McGuinness in order to end Mayo's 65-year All-Ireland final drought.

However, former Mayo midfielder David Brady, speaking on Off The Ball today, claimed that such a meeting never took place - despite claiming earlier in the broadcast that it had.

In a confusing turn of events, Brady went from condemning the meeting to 'categorically' stating that it had never took place.

"He took three sessions over the day," Brady began.

"I don't agree with it. I don't think it's good. Are you saying we need you, we won't win it without your stamp on it?"

Moments later, he changed his mind.

"I can categorically say now, Stephen Rochford has never spoken to Jim McGuinness in his life," Brady said, saying that he had received the news in a text.

Recently retired Donegal All-Ireland winner Eamon McGee was also a guest on the show, and he too didn't sound overly pleased with rumour that his former manager was helping out a rival team.

"Surprised surely, I thought he might have stayed away from it, if he was going to get involved in the future that it would be his own team," McGee added.

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