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Social Media Criticism Didn't Bother Bernard Flynn But James Horan's Certainly Did

Social Media Criticism Didn't Bother Bernard Flynn But James Horan's Certainly Did
By PJ Browne Updated

Bernard Flynn has responded to being called a 'tit and an eejit' by James Horan on Newstalk's Off The Ball over the weekend.

The ex-Mayo manager said Flynn had 'made an absolute tit of himself' for criticising Aidan O'Shea for taking photographs with young supporters while his Mayo teammates warmed down following a recent challenge game against Meath.

Flynn was speaking on RTÉ's GAA Podcast last week ahead of Mayo's opening game of the Connacht Championship against Sligo. The two-time All-Ireland winner with Meath said he and others had looked on in 'amazement' as O'Shea posed for photos and suggested that the Breaffy footballer has 'singled himself out to be different'.

Writing in his Irish Mirror column on Wednesday, Flynn said the flak he took on social media last week doesn't bother him. However, being called a 'tit' by James Horan certainly did. Horan also said that, 'Deep down, behind it all, I think Bernard Flynn knows he made a fool of himself.'

Flynn called Horan's putdown 'pathetic'.

To be referred to on a radio show and newspaper column as a "tit and an eejit" by former Mayo manager James Horan for what I believed was an honest observation is petty.

My observation of what I saw might have been close to the bone for some Mayo people but not others.

It's perhaps indicative of the man's own short comings and ultimate failure to get a very good Mayo team across the line when they should have won at least one All-Ireland during his four year tenure.

The same James Horan felt it appropriate when it suited him to invite this said "tit and eejit" to a sports seminar he was organising when he was struggling to get bums on seats.

Anyone who knows me well knows I'm neither of the above but for a former inter-county manager to call a former player a tit is quite pathetic. Sad man.

Picture credit: Sportsfile

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