The Indo is running an “exclusive” this morning, where they carry a very rare interview with Super Mac. He lays it squarely on the line and says that he’s ready and willing to turn out for the county again this year. He says a meeting that was supposed to take place with Johnno to discuss his involvement this year never happened. He then, he says, received a text message containing the now infamous invitation to a trial game but was unable to take part as he was working in Dublin at the time. He is, he says, unhappy with how Johnno has handled the matter, in particular how The Deputy has never told him to his face that he’s no longer part of his plans.
Now, I’m not a great one for conspiracy theories. If you scratch through the facts long enough on most issues, I think you’ll more often than not find that the root cause is a cock-up rather than a conspiracy. This one has all the hallmarks of a monumental cock-up, stemming from a very basic breakdown in communications between the two. Why didn’t the meeting that was supposed to take place between them “materialise”? Why wasn’t it simply rescheduled? And why the fuck was the invite to the trial match only sent out by text message? Why? Why? Why?
Mac clearly wants to play again this year and, according to himself, he’s fit and raring to go. Johnno was, I’m told, on Mad West this morning where he spoke about Mac in very emollient terms and stressed that further additions to the panel were possible. He also made the point, as he’d done in that interview with the Mayo News earlier this week, that the only reason the panel was announced in such a formal manner was because of the grants issue. Mac says in his interview he doesn’t give a shite about getting any grant money.
There doesn’t, on the face of it, appear to be any yawning gulf between the two protagonists here. Come on, guys! This circus has gone on long enough. Pick up the phone and sort it out, FFS.