Thursday 22 March 2018

Mayo 'destroyed Mortimer confidence'

Conor Mortimer. Photo: Sportsfile
Conor Mortimer. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Conor Mortimer wasn't wanted by the current Mayo management, according to his family.

Details of a conversation between Mortimer's father Frank and Mid West radio, which took place before the show aired, were replayed on the station's 'Sports Talk Shop' last night, which underlined how the family were "100pc" behind the footballer's decision to leave the Mayo squad this week.

According to the station, Mortimer Snr was happy that his views be made known and said that Conor's confidence had been "destroyed" by the fact that he is now fourth-choice corner-forward. He said the family felt Conor "wasn't wanted".

The show also repeated Frank's claim that during Conor's rehabilitation from a cruciate knee ligament, manager James Horan didn't speak to him.

After scoring eight points against Dublin in the league at the end of March, he was left off for the Kerry game and was then dropped for the championship after playing the league final against Cork.

Mortimer left the squad this week after being left out of the Connacht final team as Enda Varley replaced Alan Freeman at corner-forward.

Meanwhile, Tyrrellspass are adamant that they were left with no choice but to play their Westmeath players in a league match on Tuesday night, just five days before the Lake County's qualifier clash with Kerry in Mullingar. Darren Quinn, Ger Egan and Denis Glennon all played for their club in the clash with hosts Mullingar Shamrocks, just a few hundred metres from where the Westmeath team were training.

The club's chairman Gerry Sheridan said yesterday that Tyrrellspass had made several attempts to have the game called off, but the Westmeath Competitions Controls Committee refused to yield at a meeting on the previous Saturday night.

"This, and other league games, should never have been fixed or allowed to go ahead before the Kerry game," said Sheridan.

"We made every effort to get this game called off. The Westmeath management are 100pc behind us and players on this."

Irish Independent

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