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"We're becoming a laughing stock" - David Brady reacts to Stephen Rochford Mayo resignation


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David Brady feels Mayo GAA are becoming regarded as a "laughing stock" with the turbulence and instability that has taken place during this past decade.

The former Mayo midfielder was speaking to Joe Molloy as he reacted to the news that Stephen Rochford has resigned as manager following a county board executive committee meeting last night in which the latter felt that "the desired level of support for me as manager was not forthcoming from the Executive Committee".

Brady and Colm Keys' full discussion is available on the podcast player below: 

"We're becoming a laughing stock" - David Brady reacts to Stephen Rochford Mayo resignation

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Brady, who had first got wind of a potential change in manager this morning, discussed what may have led to Rochford's decision to resign.

"From what I understand, there were requests and the questions and I think the big things were the request to meet Stephen and his management team to go through whatever it was that the county board wished to discuss was relayed back to Stephen and Stephen felt they hadn't trust in Stephen Rochford full stop," he said.

"He owes nothing to Mayo football. He owes nothing to anyone. And I think once again, no wonder people like talking about us because we're becoming an absolute laughing stock. It's sad to a degree because he is one good man."

Brady also discussed some of the matters that might have come to a head between the different parties in regard to the make-up of the new backroom team.

"But this is not just on that," he continued, "And it can't be. There's no way. We're stupid, we're naive and sometimes we shoot ourselves in the foot in Mayo but this is not just about that one incident, or one question or framework that wants to be developed or discussed. There's more there."

In terms of the future, Brady joked wryly that Pope Francis could be the next Mayo manager, adding that the instability is "becoming a joke".

But in regards to the potential that ex-Donegal manager Jim McGuinness could make a sensational return to inter-county management, he was unequivocal: "I can tell you Jim McGuinness is not anywhere next to being associated with Mayo football, I know that."

He predicted that the next manager will have a remit of developing Mayo football beyond just the short-term.


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