Sunday 18 March 2018

Joe Brolly repeats Mayo 'celebrity losers' opinion and Eamon Dunphy describes three-in-a-row Dubs as 'conceited'

Joe Brolly and Eamon Dunphy have stood over their controversial views
Joe Brolly and Eamon Dunphy have stood over their controversial views Newsdesk Newsdesk

Joe Brolly and Eamon Dunphy have repeated criticisms regarding the Mayo and Dublin footballers.

On the morning of the drawn 2016 All-Ireland final between the counties, the 1993 All-Ireland winner described the Connacht side as 'celebrity losers' in his Sunday Independent column.


Speaking on Dunphy's podcast The Stand, Brolly reaffirmed his view of Mayo and claimed that Mayo forwards Aidan O'Shea and Cillian O'Connor were inhibiting their quest for Sam Maguire.

"What I meant to say was that you had a number of players who are only interested in self promotion and that in that context it wasn't possible to win an All-Ireland," he said.

"Because an All-Ireland requires every fibre of your being, and a shared journey, everyone sticking together 100pc.

"You've got players like Aidan O'Shea, for example, and Cillian O'Connor who repeatedly are holding them back from winning an All-Ireland.

"And I've said this, and that's why I say that there is an element of the team that are celebrity losers. They are quite happy to function in that environment where they're also-rans.

"Four All-Irelands and they haven't won one and they've lost by a point, and they've lost by a point and they've lost by a point. That's because of that culture that's in the group, that it really doesn't matter if you win it or you don't because in the end it's about their lifestyles.

"It's about my brand new Audi A4. I mean it's nauseating to look at their Twitter accounts, you could be looking at some sort of ghastly professional soccer player, 'look at my new boots, thank you Adidas'."

Dunphy made headlines for views he expressed in the aftermath of this year's three-in-a-row triumph where he criticised Dublin's interaction with the media and he claimed some Dublin players 'fancy themselves'.

"I don't like the Dublin team. I think they're conceited. I think they're bullies. And also, I don't like Mayo."

Brolly disagreed with Dunphy's views on Dublin.

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