The Mayo Ladies Senior Team have this evening released a statement, breaking their silence for the first time following the high profile departures from the 2018 championship squad.
12 players - including 8 from Carnacon - and two selectors left the squad in June citing player welfare issues which they said were personal and sensitive to the players involved.
The remaining players have said in a statement this evening that they were left "shocked and saddened" by the decision which was taken days before their championship match with Cavan, and says, to date, they have not been given any reasoning or clarity as to why this course of action was taken.
The players say they feel deeply let down and hurt by the actions of those who left the panel.
The statement says the players believe that no player welfare issues exist or have ever existed under the current management.
They also say they have taken offence with some of the comments made by certain players over the last few weeks in the media.
The statement says the Mayo Senior Ladies Team fully support their management team, and believe all their decisions and selections were made fairly, after careful consideration.
They say they had a fantastic league campaign, culminating in a league final appearance in Parnell Park, and while the last few months were difficult and disappointing, many new players were given an opportunity to perform at county level.
The statement says manager Peter Leahy has shown integrity and honour under tremendous pressure, and has always treated the team as elite athletes, and all players are treated with honesty and respect in an environment where generosity and passion for the county are to the fore.
The Mayo Ladies panel has thanked their management, county board, families, friends, supporters and the general public for supporting and trusting them during this difficult time, as they strive to bring honour to Co Mayo.
The full statement is as follows:
“We, the Mayo senior ladies panel, believe the time is now right to make a statement regarding events in June and July 2018. On 6 July, eight players were withdrawn by their club without consultation or discussion with their Mayo team colleagues.
“Understandably, we as players were left shocked and saddened by this decision which was taken 10 days before our championship match with Cavan. Another four players, one selector and one backroom staff left following a failed coup which took place at a players meeting two days later.
“To date, we have not been given any reasoning or clarity as to why this course of action was taken. We feel deeply let down and hurt by the actions of those who left our panel.
“We believe that no player welfare issues exist or have ever existed under the current management and categorically disagree with the statement issued in July by the individuals that departed the Mayo senior ladies panel regarding the welfare issues raised.
“We were surprised and disappointed to hear of these issues and if we had witnessed any welfare issues, we would not have hesitated to highlight them to the management.
“It is fair to say that there was considerable upheaval in advance of the Cavan game. This was the biggest game of the year for us and our preparation was distracted.
“We take offence to some of the comments that have been made by certain players over the last few weeks in the media.
“We fully support our management team and as a team believe that all of their decisions and selections were made fairly after careful consideration. We had a fantastic league campaign culminating in a league final appearance in Parnell Park and while the last few months were difficult and disappointing; many new players were given an opportunity to perform at county level.
“Our manager Peter Leahy has shown integrity and honour under tremendous pressure and he has always treated us as elite athletes, has supported and stood strong for us allowing us to play football without fear or intimidation.
“The management set up has been top class with no stone left unturned to make sure we can avail of top level coaching and facilities. The management ethos is focused on teamwork and also on how we as individuals can perform to the highest standard.
“All players are treated with honesty and respect in an environment where generosity and passion for the county are to the fore.
“Ultimately, we want to play football and honour our county jersey and we trust and support our manager, Peter Leahy, and his management team to take the county forward. We always have and always will welcome any player to the panel to help us achieve our goals.
“Mayo Ladies senior football panel would like to thank our management, county board, families, friends, supporters, general public and ultimately our clubs for supporting and trusting us during this difficult time as we strive to bring honour to our county.
“Go raibh míle maith agaibh.”