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Mayo GAA closes ranks after Holmes/Connelly interview


Daniel Carey

THE reverberations of the explosive interview given by Mayo’s former joint senior football managers Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly are still being felt. But the focus of the County Board is firmly on the future rather than the past, according to a short statement issued yesterday (Monday).
“What happened in 2015 is not something we will be talking about,” PRO Paul Cunnane told The Mayo News. “All we are concentrating on is 2017 and the new season which is just over three weeks away.”
Current Mayo boss Stephen Rochford declined to comment when contacted by The Mayo News on Monday, while Mayo senior team media co-ordinator Liam Horan said that no member of the team or management would be commenting on the matter.
A call to Mayo GAA Board chairman Mike Connelly had not been returned at the time of going to print, but PRO Cunnane issued the short statement above.
Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly stepped down as Mayo’s joint managers in October 2015 following a vote of no confidence in them by the players, which was carried 27-7.
During a lengthy interview which appeared in last Saturday’s Irish Independent, Holmes said that Mayo football people ‘deserve to know the complete story’ about what happened in 2015, and suggested: “If some egos aren’t checked and outside influences curbed, the problems will continue.” He insisted they had agreed to the interview ‘because we sincerely believe it’s in the best interests of Mayo football’.
The Irish Independent also carried the text of the letter submitted to the County Board by the players after their vote of no confidence.

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