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'It's Not Good For Mayo Football' - Banished Mayo Managers Speak Out

Paul Ring
By Paul Ring

The banished 2015 Mayo management team; Pat Holmes and Noel Connolly have finally spoken about the player heave that led to the pair being replaced by Stephen Rochford.

In a comprehensive interview in today's Irish Independent, the duo finally addressed the vote of no confidence that a majority of the Mayo panel passed against them which led to their resignations in October 2015.

They point the finger at a small group of influential players who they believe are detrimental to Mayo chances of ever winning an All Ireland:

“If a small group within the squad are allowed to dictate the way they tried when we were there, it’s not good for Mayo football. If that situation is still there, the likelihood is that they will win nothing. That’s the bottom line as we see it.”

You could make the argument that the players were merely being ruthless in their desire to win an All Ireland and there's always an old feeling with some in the GAA that players should just play and not concern themselves with management issues.

Player power is here to stay though and Mayo came within a whisker of finally banishing the curse last year, so perhaps it's not such a bad thing?

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