Mayo chairman still baffled at players’ no confidence vote

Mayo chairman Mike Connelly admits he’s still at a loss as to why the majority of the senior football panel expressed no confidence in Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly forcing their departure as co-managers.

Mayo chairman still baffled at players’ no confidence vote

Connelly told club delegates at Monday night’s board meeting that members of the executive cried when Holmes read out the pair’s resignation letter earlier this month.

The chairman himself read out a statement, which was carried by The Mayo News.

Relaying the events of last Friday week, Connelly said: “I invited Pat and Noel to the executive meeting. The meeting was scheduled for seven o’clock that evening.

“The meeting started at seven and (GAA director of games administration and player welfare) Feargal McGill briefed the meeting based on his experience dealing with issues in other counties.

“At around 7.20pm, Pat and Noel arrived into the Executive meeting. Pat spoke for 15 to 20 minutes, giving a detailed account of the year. When he was finished he handed the letter of resignation, which the secretary read out.

“As Vincent (Neary) read the letter, I could see some of the Executive getting very emotional and the tears were running down their faces, and you have to ask ‘Why?’ They knew that there was a great mistake being made.

“We don’t know why this all happened but does it make any difference at this stage?

“Knowing the reasons is not going to change anything. And you can be critical of the county board, management or players but before you criticise, make sure that you know the full facts.”

The deadline for nominations for the vacated position are November 1 with the new manager expected to be named by the third week of November.

Meanwhile, the GAA is encouraging its members and units to assist their “Towards 150 Committee” as they envisage what the organisation might and should look like by its 150th anniversary in 2034.

The group, established following this year’s Congress, will submit a report in late 2017. They have also been charged with canvassing opinion across the GAA on the association’s future before charting where it should be in 2034 under the headings: games, clubs, competitions, governance, finance, facilities and the Gaelic games family.

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