Sunday 11 December 2016

'Totally untrue' - Livid Jim McGuinness quashes rumours of Mayo involvement

Published 18/09/2016 | 14:51

Jim McGuinness
Jim McGuinness

Former All-Ireland winning manager Jim McGuinness has refuted claims that he has been involved with Mayo team in recent weeks.

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Social media was set alight in recent days after RTE commentator Martin Carney revealed to Matt Cooper that McGuinness was brought in to talk to the Mayo team ahead of today's clash with Dublin.

Speaking to Sky Sports this afternoon, the former Donegal boss angrily denied the claims.

"The first I heard of this story was probably two or three weeks ago when my brother-in-law sent me a text and said I hear you're working with Mayo. Totally untrue," he said.

"Very disappointing I have to say as well. Not for me but it was very disparaging for the Mayo management.

"To think that they would take somebody in at the eleventh hour and look to start developing some kind of defensive system a week out from the All-Ireland final doesn't make sense.

"The national broadcaster carried the story, national newspapers carried the story and so people will believe when they see it in the paper, they'll believe it.

"It's poor journalism to be honest with you, for me I can't understand how somebody can't pick up the phone and say 'It is true or not true?' and validate the story."

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