The problem I’ve always had with Johnno since he was elected to the Dáil is the way he’s always been so damn diplomatic about everything, forever couching what he has to say – even if it’s nothing to do with politics – in a patina of political fudge.
As a result, it’s refreshing to see that he decided to return Paídí Ó Sé‘s risible “if I managed Mayo or Dublin, they’d win the All-Ireland” claims with a considerable degree of interest when he spoke the other day with Anthony Hennigan in the Western.
He teed up his haymaker with the kind of self-deprecating comment we’ve become used to hearing El Jefe deliver, when he said “unfortunately, unlike Paídí Ó Sé, I can’t predict or guarantee Mayo an All-Ireland” but then out he came with this classic:
I’d like to think that if I had managed Kerry for eight years I’d have won more than the two All-Irelands he did with them, especially considering they subsequently won four when he left.
Heh, heh – well said, Johnno. While I doubt we’ll ever see The Deputy using the kind of unparliamentary language that Paul Gogarty TD came out with recently, it’s nice to see that he’s prepared to speak his mind when the opportunity arises. If Paídí has any sense, he’ll leave well enough alone on the issue now.