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Cunnane slams media criticism of Mayo


SELFIES Bernard Flynn

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Ger Flanagan

THE Mayo GAA Board PRO has hit out at the ‘shameful’ and ‘totally unwarranted and unacceptable’ criticism aimed at Mayo manager Stephen Rochford and Aidan O’Shea by the national media in 2017.
In his PR Committee report for last Sunday’s Mayo GAA Convention held in Hotel Westport, Paul Cunnane said that while he accepts constructive criticism as being ‘part and parcel’ of GAA coverage, the depiction of O’Shea and Rochford by some national media outlets was ‘unacceptable’.
“In 2017 this group of players and management were subjected to the kind of criticism that is totally unwarranted and unacceptable,” wrote the Davitts clubman.
“What I don’t accept is the nonsense Bernard Flynn came out with about Aidan O’Shea who had the audacity to get photos with local kids after a challenge game in April. Maybe Bernard was the one who wanted selfies!
“While Eamonn Sweeney in The Irish Independent also took match reports to a new low with their shameful criticism of Stephen Rochford and the management team with their ‘Lions led by Donkeys’ headline after Mayo drew with Roscommon in the All-Ireland quarter-final.
“To see this headline written the morning after a game is totally inappropriate and something that shouldn’t happen within the GAA coverage.”
Cunnane conceded that Mayo are an easy target for criticism but remains hopeful for more ‘constructive’ analysis in the future.
“It’s easy to have a cut at Mayo because they haven’t won an All-Ireland,” he says. “But it would be a very different Summer landscape if Mayo weren’t competing at the final stages of the championship and I would hope that the analysis and comment around this team and group of players would be a lot more constructive in 2018.”

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