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“Close To Slanderous” – Mayo Manager Slams Controversial Allegations

Mayo ladies senior football manager Peter Leahy has labelled the recent comments from Cora Staunton as “close to slanderous” as the saga surrounding the player walkout continues to rumble on. 

Staunton last week labelled the environment within the Mayo camp as unsafe which led to eight players from Carnacon departing the panel in addition to a further four players.

Staunton told Off The Ball AM last week: “The environment for us wasn’t right within the county set-up, we didn’t feel it was a safe environment to be in so we decided to leave.”

The remaining members of the panel subsequently released a statement refuting these claims whereby they said: “We believe that no player welfare issues exist or have ever existed under the current management.”

Leahy has spoken out about the latest allegations and it was the use of the claims of an unsafe environment which led the Mayo boss to give his side of the story to the GAA Hour podcast.

“The word unsafe is the reason why I am [speaking out].

“The minute safety was brought into it I had to protect my management team. Safety and unhealthy was mentioned last week, enough is enough.

“There’s a chartered physio at every single training session, we’ve heart-rate monitoring, we have stuff that no other inter-county team has.

“We have a fully qualified strength and conditioning coach.

“For this to come out as a welfare [issue] and unsafe…this puts everything into question.

“We have a teacher as a selector, we have a pilot as one of our selectors, we have a bank official.

“We have all these people who are now [being questioned] as to unsafe.

“We have a liaison officer there and if there’s an unsafe situation has to be contacted but she has never heard a word about safe or unhealthy.

“These are close to slanderous accusations being put out there and it’s not fair on my management team.”

You can listen to the full interview here.

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Author: Sean McMahon

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