Friday 24 January 2020

'Thankfully there are no players caught up in it' - James Horan confirms Mayo Board unrest has no impact on squad

James Horan. Photo: Sportsfile
James Horan. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Mayo boss James Horan insists that the difficult winter endured by the county has had no impact on his preparations as they geared up for the 2020 campaign.

The Mayo County Board and one of its main benefactors Tim O'Leary became embroiled in a bitter dispute that ran for months and saw claim and counter-claim. Even an attempt by Croke Park to mediate the row garnered no traction with the sides still currently locked in a stalemate.

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However, Horan insists that the row hasn't impacted his squad in any way. And with change coming at last month's county convention, he's confident that the county is moving in the right direction now.

"No, it genuinely hasn't (had any affect)," Horan replied when asked about the dispute.

"I have enough to be doing between the white lines and that's genuinely it. Thankfully there are no players caught up in it or any of the squad so we just do our thing.

"Obviously you'd like it more aligned out there so that's not for us, we didn't waste any energy thinking about it. We were doing our stuff, Liam Moffatt is in there (as chairman) it's full steam ahead so it's good."

Patrick Durcan captained Mayo in their defeat on penalties to Galway last Sunday but Horan stressed that no final decision on who will lead the side has been made.

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