John Maughan has finally broken his silence about the Johnno and Mac affair and, in doing so, has shown commendable restraint in what he has to say on the issue. Given the barbs directed at him by The Deputy when the Crossmolina man was in the Mayo dugout, the temptation to pour petrol on the flames must surely have been strong. Instead, John has written an intelligent and insightful piece which helps those of us who who don’t have any direct personal knowledge of Super Mac to understand the man and what motivates him a bit better. In many ways, John’s column is a companion piece to the one that appeared in the Tribune last weekend as it illustrates further what a strong and very different individual Mac is and not just on the football field either.
Given what he says about Mac in his column, it would have been very easy of John to end his piece with an exhortation to Johnno that Mac should be recalled to the panel forthwith. Instead, he merely notes that “those I spoke to after the [Cross v Charlestown] game suggested that he is good enough to play inter-county football”. By eschewing the obvious opportunity to get a bit of his own back, John shows a pair of diplomatically clean heels to the current bainisteoir and, in the process, demonstrates that perhaps he doesn’t bear any grudges for that jibe a few years back about camping outside David Brady’s house.