Monday 18 December 2017

'Mayo support hasn't wavered at all'

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea
Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea

Aidan O'Shea has disputed the claims of Mayo's former co-managers Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly in their explosive interview with the Irish Independent last December.

Speaking yesterday, the Mayo star insisted he would not address the specific claims made about him in the article as he did not "get the right to respond at the time".

However, asked whether the interview with the pair, who had been ousted from their roles in a players revolt the previous September, had compounded Mayo's disappointment after losing last year's All-Ireland final replay to Dublin, O'Shea said: "I wouldn't say haunt - it's not a word I would use. It's old news.

"It's factually incorrect," the Breaffy man claimed, "and that's unfortunately the way the paper wanted to write it.


"That's their prerogative. It's not something I dwell on - I've completely moved on myself personally and the group have completely moved forward." As part of AIB's The Toughest Trade documentary where GAA players swap places with athletes from various professional sporting backgrounds, O'Shea and was invited to train with Sunderland FC for a week at the beginning of 2015.

Holmes and Connelly say they called the production company involved and requested that they not contact any of Mayo's squad in future.

Holmes stated in the interview that O'Shea "rang me later on and complained over what had happened". Also contained within the article was the claim that management received an email from O'Shea in the week before Mayo's All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Donegal, expressing his and other players' surprise that a certain panel member was not making the match-day squad of 26.

On whether the affair had affected Mayo supporters' relationship with the squad, O'Shea stressed: "I think Mayo people, the support hasn't wavered in what we have done.

"We're trying to do something that is bigger than an interview in a dull week in December. We're trying to win an All-Ireland for lots of reasons but that's not one of them."

Pressed for specifics, O'Shea insisted now was not "the time or the place," though he said he would address the issue at some point.

"Some day in the future I'm sure I'll go back over it, yeah," he explained.

"I'm not going to get into it because I didn't get the right to respond at the time," O'Shea clarified.

"I'm not going to do it now six months later."

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