"My fear is that this could divide a county": David Brady on Holmes/Connelly and Mayo GAA

Following their testimony last week, what impact have former managers Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly had on the county?

BY Cian Roche 22:00 Thursday 22 December 2016, 22:00 22 Dec 2016

Image: ©INPHO/James Crombie 

Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly waited more than a year to break their silence on last year's heave from the Mayo panel.

The pair took to the Irish Independent to share their side of the story with the public and pointed fingers at some of the players within the panel who made their jobs difficult over the course of their term.

Speaking on tonight's Off The Ball, Mayo's David Brady spoke about the controversies currently surrounding Mayo GAA and what impact it could have on the team going forward.

"I'm nearly sick to death talking about Mayo football, but there's always something," he said. "Whether it's September or December.

"This time last year we were talking about Mayo management, the heave and new management coming in. This is different and for the first time we've seen from a media context, two manager coming out and saying what in their mind has happened. 

"My fear is that this could divide a county that has been united for 60-odd years. There's never been any division, but slowly and surely I feel the division starting. What was printed from Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes point of view, they felt it needed to be printed.

"From a players context, I think it's going to be a tough one to swallow, because whatever pressure was there has doubled from last year and I think there's now even more pressure again."

He added: "There'll be nothing said in any way shape or form from the Mayo players. There have been certain individuals who have been dealt a hard blow. It's on their shoulders, but they're man enough and talented enough to say 'right, it's part and parcel of playing gaelic football at the highest level'."

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