Sunday 22 April 2018

Mayo boss Horan adds fuel to fire in war of words with Brolly

Mayo boss James Horan
Mayo boss James Horan
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

MAYO boss James Horan has launched another scathing attack on pundit Joe Brolly.

The rift between the pair has deepened, with both men adding fuel to the fire that broke out last week. In a new year interview, Horan (above) criticised what he saw as an "RTE bias" ahead of last September's All-Ireland final – something that was regarded as a swipe at the Derry man.

Brolly hit back yesterday in an article headlined 'Oh, just cop on James, or you'll never win an All-Ireland with Mayo' in which he accused Horan of being a "mealy mouth" for not specifying that he was the subject of his complaint.

After seeing his side pipped by Leitrim in the FBD League, Horan took him to task once more.

"My comment was that Joe Brolly was very selective in his commentary on Mayo and it was completely, in my opinion, biased as an analyst," he said, adding that RTE should have censured their 'Sunday Game' pundit for it.

"I think he should have been checked by RTE, I think his comments were targeted against Mayo," Horan added.

"If you take any of the quarter-final games last year, I would challenge Joe to go back and look at some of those and see what the foul count was. What was his motivation for just selecting Mayo?

"It has nothing to do with Donegal and their All-Ireland victory," he said. "They absolutely deserved their victory. I just would like to know what Joe's motivation was in selecting one team, and one team only, when there were other games that had far higher foul counts in them?"

He reiterated his criticism also about the timing of Brolly's comments, which included an interview on RTE radio, on the Thursday before the All-Ireland final. "Would you say that the timing of some of those articles were strategic?" Horan mused.

"Joe Brolly needs to look back at his data and (at) why he just selected Mayo. That's what I would challenge but that's in the past."

Irish Independent

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