McConville: O'Hara has 'personal axe to grind' with Sligo boss Walsh

Former Armagh footballer Oisin McConville says Eamonn O'Hara had been out of line with his comments on last night's Sunday Game.

O'Hara laid the finger of blame for Sligo's surprise defeat in the Connacht SFC against London yesterday at the county's bainisteoir Kevin Walsh.

O'Hara, who retired from inter-county football recently, said he expects the ex-Galway midfielder to call it quits with Sligo and do 'the county board a favour'.

Speaking to RTE Radio 1 this morning, however, McConville said: "Eamonn has a platform to make those comments. I just felt it sounded as if he had a personal axe to grind with Kevin Walsh.

"One of the points he made that I found strange was that the team went back training in November. Every team goes back training in November unless you win an All-Ireland or get to an All-Ireland final.

"From that point of view, I'm not surprised that Kevin wanted that sort of commitment really, really early on and the fact that Eamonn couldn't give it, obviously Kevin asked him to step aside.

"It came across as a personal axe to grind. As I said, he had that platform (on 'The Sunday Game') and I'm sure Kevin Walsh will have the right to reply very shortly."

O'Hara said last night that Walsh wasn't being held accountable for problems within the Sligo camp.

"I think he will (resign) and I think he should do the County Board a favour," the newly-turned pundit said.

"There are a lot of problems within the County Board from the top down. There is a lot of in-fighting and a lot of resignations at County Board level. We have a centre of excellence that is at a standstill. The keys should be handed over on June 1 and that is not going to happen.

"There are a lot of problems there and Kevin Walsh's results over the last two years have gone unnoticed because of this in-fighting.

"He hasn't been held accountable to this. We got to a Connacht final last year but we're papering over the cracks. There are players there that deserve better quality of training and management and I think going forward Kevin should make the right decision for the sake of Sligo football and not anybody else."

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