Sunday 23 September 2018

Mayo ladies football board issue statement giving management their 'full support' after mass player walkout

Cora Staunton was one of 12 players to leave the panel
Cora Staunton was one of 12 players to leave the panel

The Mayo LGFA board have released a statement backing the management team after over ten players left the panel ahead of this weekend's All-Ireland qualifier against Cavan.

Cora Staunton and vice-captain Sarah McHale are among the players who stepped away, with Mayo today naming a team for this weekend containing ten players from the Connacht final defeat to Galway.

The Mayo ladies football board say that the management team has 'adhered to all protocols and guidelines set out at the beginning of their tenure'.

The statement says:

"The Executive Board of Mayo LGFA is acutely aware of the critical importance of player welfare. Player wellbeing is fundamental to all coaching and management structures.

"A comprehensive programme is in place to ensure that all Mayo players can train and perform in a safe and supportive environment and all necessary resources have been made available to enable the Mayo Senior Ladies compete with the very best in the country.

"In the light of media speculation about unspecified 'personal and sensitive' issues, the Board feels it important to state that the senior management team has adhered to all protocols and guidelines set out at the beginning of their tenure.

"The Board has made players and management aware that they have our full support going forward and we will continue to work with all parties to find an amicable resolution.

"Finally, we would call on all Mayo fans to come out and support the team in Saturday's TG4 All-Ireland Qualifier against Cavan and for the remainder of the season."

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