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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Player power wins as Mayo pair step down

Mayo joint managers Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes have stepped down
Mayo joint managers Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes have stepped down

Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes have stepped down as joint-managers of the Mayo footballers, bringing closure to a chaotic week out west.

The duo have bowed to the inevitable after 27 members of their 34-strong panel passed a vote of no confidence, but their relatively swift departure has prevented the impasse from escalating into a prolonged and deeply divisive crisis.

The executive of the Mayo county board met last night and were joined by Connelly and Holmes, who gave a review of their first (and last) season in charge before announcing their resignations.

They issued a statement to say they were stepping down "with heavy hearts" and with immediate effect.

"We took on the job on a three-year basis and had been looking forward to building on what had been achieved this year," the statement read.

"We are passionate about Mayo football and it is deeply disappointing not to complete our project. By resigning, we wish to remove any obstacle that the players might perceive as preventing them from winning the All-Ireland."

The pair thanked their backroom team, the county board, the people of Mayo - and also the players who effectively ousted them. A Mayo press release said their statement was greeted with a standing ovation from the executive.

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