Tuesday 24 April 2018

Show of strength and unity from players as controversy deepens in Mayo

Joint Mayo managers Pat Holmes, left, and Noel Connelly
Joint Mayo managers Pat Holmes, left, and Noel Connelly
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

A review meeting between a large majority of the Mayo football squad and Mayo County Board officials lasted just a few minutes in Castlebar tonight.

It was originally anticipated that just two player representatives, captain Keith Higgins and vice-captain Cillian O'Connor, would attend the scheduled review.

But in a show of strength and solidarity over 25 players all wearing their Mayo tops, convened for a brief meeting, lasting an estimated 10 minutes.

It is understood the message of no confidence in the management was re-affirmed.

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The brevity of the meeting and the failure to engage for any sustained period of time is a setback to any faint hopes that the issues can be resolved.

The Board were hoping to hear detailed reasons as to why 27 members of the squad have expressed no faith in the management.

Mayo’s executive are due to meet in the coming days and a full county board meeting is expected to be called over the weekend.

But in the meantime the swift exit of so many players and the clear lack of engagement will give the Mayo managers food for thought.

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