Board working well with management team - Horan

Castlebar Mitchels u16 football team and management pictured after defeating Westport in the Bord na nÓg u16 League division one final in Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar.  Photo: Michael Donnelly

Castlebar Mitchels u16 football team and management pictured after defeating Westport in the Bord na nÓg u16 League division one final in Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar.  Photo: Michael Donnelly

Mayo manager James Horan said this week that his players and management have not wanted for anything from the county board during his tenure and they have a very good working relationship. Speaking this week he said, “I’ve been in this job four years and to be honest, the players and the management have not wanted for anything really from the county board. I know, no more than the managment team, they can get a lot flack and abuse. We’ve had our ups and downs for sure, but we’ve worked very, very well. Vincent Neary has come in and is exceptional and works very well with us. So overall, very happy with the relationship with the county board. Everyone has to be pointing the one way for a unit to be successful, but we’re getting there.”

Mayo GAA treasurer JP Lambe also outlined this week that almost €200,000 has been spent on the Mayo senior team this year. Speaking at last Monday night’s county board meeting, Lambe said, “In regards to our county players, up to the end of May we have spent €199,000 on our county senior team so nobody can say we’re not looking after our players.”

Hurling manager re-appointed

Also this week, Horan’s opposite number in the hurling team Christy Phillips was re-appointed for another term at Monday night’s county board meeting. Phillips’ team had a successful year reaching the semi-final of the Christy Ring Cup where they lost out to Kerry in a tough battle.

€10,000 collected in New York

The fall out from Mayo’s visit to New York at the start of May and fund-raising activities was a major topic of conversation at last Monday’s county board meeting. Mayo GAA treasurer, JP Lambe, responding to some queries over incidents, told the meeting that, “We collected over €10,000 in New York and that came from Connolly’s (Cardie Maigh Eo fundraiser ) and from a private individual and the man who collected that money, was quoted as being a man with a cardboard box collecting at the door, but I can assure you what ever was in the cardboard box came back home to me. Michael Cummins produced invoices for the four days we were in New York and showing that they were paid and I have them here.”

While Mayo GAA vice chairman, Mike Connolly, responded to claims over the board not being able to pay a bill over there, told the meeting that, “We went out there in good faith and we actually agreed a price for the breakfast and the pre-match meal and the whole load and he got exactly what he was entitled to. I do know that another man, another previous secretary got a bill in the last few weeks for money’s outstanding from what I think is two New York’s ago.”

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