A clearly emotional Stephen Rochford was interviewed by RTÉ's Joanne Cantwell following All-Ireland final defeat for Mayo.
The county's search for another All-Ireland title will stretch into its 67th year following Dublin's victory at Croke Park.
Rochford's heartache at his second All-Ireland defeat as Mayo manager was clear during the interview.
They're all very difficult to take, too many of them at this stage. It is what it is. Sport can be tough and cruel. We'll do our best to resurrect over the winter and see where we go from next year.
Rochford added that he could not be more proud of this group of Mayo palyers.
They have the same hunger as Dublin have to win. We just came out the wrong side too many times for our liking. Sport is cruel and the 2018 Championship won't be long coming around. It's hard to think about now but I have no doubt Mayo are proud football people and we'll do our best to move into the National League and no doubt we'll circle the wagons and give something a rattle next year.
Mayo manager Stephen Rochford: "It's fine margins. I couldn't have asked for any more from them. They died with their boots on." pic.twitter.com/JFwdziSVS9
— RTÉ GAA (@RTEgaa) September 17, 2017