Ladies' board give backing to management after player walk out

Board will work with all parties to find a solution

The Mayo Ladies team run away after getting their photograph taken before last years All Ireland final. Photo: Sportsfile

The Mayo Ladies team run away after getting their photograph taken before last years All Ireland final. Photo: Sportsfile

The executive of the Mayo Ladies Gaelic Football Association have given their backing to the management following a week of turmoil for the ladies' senior side that saw a number of senior players leave the panel.

The players who left the panel included captain Sarah Tierney, vice-captain Fiona McHale, and star forward Cora Staunton.

At least 10 players and some of the management team left the set-up citing player welfare issues. In a statement issued by the Women's Gaelic Players Association (WGPA ) on Tuesday they said: "We have stepped away from the Mayo panel for player welfare issues that are personal and sensitive to the players involved. Out of respect for the girls playing at the weekend and ourselves, we will not be commenting further. We wish the Mayo team well in their game on Saturday."

Yesterday afternoon the executive board of the Mayo Ladies Football Association threw their support behind the management team and the remaining players — but said they would continue to work with all parties to find a solution to the current situation.

The executive's statement read: "The executive board of Mayo LGFA is acutely aware of the critical importance of player welfare. Player wellbeing is fundamental to all coaching and management structures.

"A comprehensive programme is in place to ensure that all Mayo players can train and perform in a safe and supportive environment and all necessary resources have been made available to enable the Mayo Senior Ladies compete with the very best in the country.

"In the light of media speculation about unspecified 'personal and sensitive' issues, the board feels it important to state that the senior management team has adhered to all protocols and guidelines set out at the beginning of their tenure.

"The board has made players and management aware that they have our full support going forward and we will continue to work with all parties to find an amicable resolution.

"Finally, we would call on all Mayo fans to come out and support the team in Saturday's TG4 All-Ireland qualifier against Cavan and for the remainder of the season."

Mayo will face Cavan in Clones on Saturday in their first group game in the All Ireland qualifiers series. The game will be broadcast live on TG4.

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