‘Understandably, people may have been rubbed the wrong way’ – Philly McMahon says Mayo’s comments are just ‘honest opinions’


Former Dublin footballer Philly McMahon has responded to criticism he received from Mayo supporters following a column in the Irish Independent.

Ahead of Mayo’s Allianz League clash with Dublin last weekend, McMahon, who has faced Blues and Reds in multiple all-Ireland overall wins, wrote that “there are always certain Mayo players who finish easily. “.

He also claims “You can take them out of their stride because they’re more concerned with being supposed to be on your side than sticking to what they’re supposed to do.”

The comments sparked a strong reaction on social media, and McMahon addressed the issue on’s GAA podcast this week alongside Allianz.

“Obviously, there will be people from Mayo who think I’m a bit overzealous but I’m just giving my honest opinion on how I feel,” said eight-time winner Sam Maguire.

“I work with teams to be able to feel the environment from a different perspective, I suppose, and as a player has been in that heated battle as well.

“So I’m just giving my honest opinion on what I feel and what I’ve seen over the years. And understandably, people may have been rubbed the wrong way.

“But the reason I started working with the Independent was because I wanted to give my honest feedback and give readers a different side from what is written by journalists today.”

McMahon retired from interdistrict football last December but has yet to see his former teammates win a competitive game after Kildare became the fourth team in a row to hit beat Dubs since the beginning of the season.

However, when asked if he was surprised by the tail cut, the 34-year-old insisted that even in the team’s six-six race, they never believed it would last forever. The Ballymun Kickhams man also added that if the current team manages to turn the tide in the summer, the achievement will be greater than anything in his career.

“I always think and we have said before in the media even when things are going so well for us that it will never last forever,” he explained..

“People think we just say those things but we really mean it. When you look at most sports with a team environment, this is what happens.

“The problem is we fell off a big, big cliff. So we’re a bit preoccupied there.

“It’s very exciting for me, the rest of the country that I know wants Dubs to eventually fail (perch). But you just realize how much the Dubs are hated so that’s a bit sad. But that’s just bias about me being a Dubliner.

“Look, if they come out of this game and win against All-Ireland it’s an unbelievable story and an unbelievable achievement. And that’s the big opportunity in this.

“If they go on and win the next three games to stay in Division One and they win against All-Ireland, that’s an unbelievable story. It’s probably one of the biggest stories I’ve seen and probably overshadows some of the accomplishments my team has achieved. “ ‘Understandably, people may have been rubbed the wrong way’ – Philly McMahon says Mayo’s comments are just ‘honest opinions’

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