Bernard Flynn has reacted to being called a “tit” and an “eejit” by former Mayo manager James Horan, dismissing Horan as “pathetic” and a “sad man”, writes Stephen Barry.
The name-calling comes after Flynn, a two-time All-Ireland winner with Meath, criticised Mayo star Aidan O’Shea for being more interested in taking photographs and selfies with children after a challenge match than taking part in a warm-down with his teammates.
Flynn’s take on O’Shea has been disputed and sharply criticised by Horan, who said: “Bernard Flynn, I have to say, made an absolute tit of himself. I don't think there is any other way to say it.
“Maybe it’s other people's insecurities, they feel they have to knock him down to make themselves feel better. It's something bizarre.
“I’m sure Bernard Flynn deep down, behind it all, knows he made a fool of himself. But people need to take stock. Things can run out of control, and I think the Aidan O'Shea thing has.”
Flynn, responding via his Irish Mirror column, wrote: “To be referred to on a radio show and newspaper column as a "tit and an eejit" by former Mayo manager James Horan for what I believed was an honest observation is petty.
“My observation of what I saw might have been close to the bone for some Mayo people but not others.
“It's perhaps indicative of the man's own short comings and ultimate failure to get a very good Mayo team across the line when they should have won at least one All-Ireland during his four year tennure (sic).
“The same James Horan felt it appropriate when it suited him to invite this said "tit and eejit" to a sports seminar he was organising when he was struggling to get bums on seats.
“Anyone who knows me well knows I'm neither of the above but for a former inter-county manager to call a former player a tit is quite pathetic. Sad man.”
You can read Flynn’s full comments on the O’Shea situation here.