Kerry legend Marc Ó Sé has criticised Stephen Rochford over the Mayo manager’s plans to set up a training camp next April.
Despite calls from the GAA to dedicate April to club players, Rochford is to flout this recommendation and will instead gather the Mayo team together for a week-long training camp to prepare for their Connacht quarter-final against Galway in early May.
Writing in the Irish Mail on Sunday, Ó Sé has taken aim at the 2017 All-Ireland finalist for disrespecting clubs, with the Gaeltacht joint-manager accusing Rochford of undermining what the governing body is trying to achieve:
“Stephen Rochford’s plan to take his Mayo players on a week-long training camp in spring completely undermines what the GAA is trying to achieve with its new schedule.
“It reeks of absolute disrespect for the status of club players, especially when you consider the hype which had accompanied the fixtures master plan.”
The 37-year-old, winner of two Kerry titles at club level, went on to warn that the Club Players’ Association has given those unhappy with the status quo a voice, and the continued failure to cater for club teams will not be tolerated any longer:
“The anger at grassroots level has found a voice in the Club Players Association – whose very existence is testament to the GAA’s failure to cater for its core membership – and we will not be silenced.
“For too long the county game has been walking all over clubs and unless it starts to show some restraint and respect – something obviously missing in Mayo – then everything will be back on the table.”