Sunday 26 May 2019

County board endorse Peter Leahy for 2019 and criticise exiled group's 'calculated statement'


Mayo manager Peter Leahy. Photo: Sportsfile
Mayo manager Peter Leahy. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

The row which has engulfed Mayo ladies football took a new turn yesterday as the Mayo LGFA issued a statement in which it outlined it is endorsing manager "Peter Leahy and his management team, as Mayo Senior Ladies management for the upcoming season and beyond."

The statement went on to describe the walkout of the 12 players and two members of the backroom team as a move to generate "maximum headlines."

"We are of the opinion that this was an orchestrated and calculated statement designed to create maximum impact, and garner maximum headlines," their statement said

"We were extremely disappointed having heard the player concerns that they would express them in this manner."

The Mayo statement came just hours after the details of a press conference called by the departed players on Monday night came into the public domain.

In that briefing they reiterated their stance that they all left for the same reason and their issues related to their dealings with management.

"Ultimately, our issues related to a lack of communication, feeling isolated and eventually helpless in the entire situation.

"The whole experience had a significant impact on our mental health. We used the terms 'unhealthy' and 'unsafe' and accept, and take responsibility for the implications of this language but for us, these are relevant terms and stepping away was the right decision.

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"We will be judged for our decision but this was extremely important to us and something we had to take a stand on."

The row has been rumbling on since July when the players left the squad in the days before the All-Ireland SFC clash with Cavan with no sign of a resolution in sight.

Meanwhile, it is understood that reigning All-Ireland club ladies football champions Carnacon can take their place in the Mayo championship after a Connacht Council hearing last night threw out Mayo LGFA's appeal against their re-instatement.

However, it is believed that the club has been hit with a €500 fine as a result of the Mayo walkout with the eight Carnacon players that left Peter Leahy's county squad also understood to have been suspended for four weeks.

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