STANDING TOGETHER Mayo manager James Horan has condemned the criticism of goalkeeper Rob Hennelly on social media last week. Pic: Sportsfile
MAYO manager James Horan has hit out at some of the criticism and negative commentary on social media that takes place around team selections — saying that it ‘says a lot about the people’ who were doing it.
Horan made the comments after last Sunday’s National League defeat to Monaghan in Clones after it was put to him that there had been some harsh criticism on social media of goalkeeper Robbie Hennelly after he was selected for last weekend’s game.
Horan said he wasn’t aware of the comments, but added that he saw no basis for the criticism before praising Hennelly’s form this season.
“That says a lot about the people that were doing that,” Horan said. “He [Hennelly] had a very good game against Meath. He has been very good for us, so I’ve no idea what that’s about and I couldn’t care less.
“I think anyone that puts their head above the parapet, stands up in front of people or plays in front of a crowd, is unfortunately open to comment by people.
“You hear it all the time. What’s happening around the world with different people, different presenters and everything else, it’s a sad day but unfortunately that’s the world we live in.”
Selector Martin Lally added that it was a poor reflection ‘on the people doing it’.
Horan has started the Breaffy goalkeeper in Mayo’s last three matches after David Clarke played in the opening round against Dublin.
Rory Byrne from Castlebar Mitchels was on the bench last Sunday (Horan said that Clarke had been ‘rested’) with the manager adding that Mayo are ‘lucky’ to have such strong competition for the spot.
“We’ve a lot of good goalkeepers… each keeper would be getting game time during the league, so that’s the approach.
“We’ve two brilliant keepers that have different skill-sets and Rory is pushing them hard as well. So we’re lucky in that regard that we have such good ‘keepers.”
Online and social media abuse has become a huge part of the GAA scene in recent years, with James Horan admitting that it can be hard to escape from but that they’re improving in how they deal with it.
“It’s hard to stay away from it,” he admitted. “We’re getting better at it.
“I would say if you have a phone, in this day and age, there’s feeds coming in and you will come across it somewhere.
“It’s very hard to stay away from it, but I think we’re getting more resilient, as a group, and taking it for what it is.”