Tonight’s review meeting between County Board officials and players at MacHale Park has broken up without any comment from either side.
As this report in the Mayo News confirms, around 30 players attended the meeting with the County Board reps, which lasted no more than ten minutes. That piece states that the players made no comment when they left and Angelina Nugent of Midwest later confirmed via Twitter that the County Board spokesperson had said there’d be no comment tonight from their side either.
Tonight’s meeting clearly wasn’t any kind of extensive clear-the-air discussion. Given its brevity, it can only have involved the players reiterating their position, perhaps followed by a short exchange with Board officials as to why they felt compelled to take this action.
That Mayo News piece linked above states that the crisis will now be discussed again by the County Board executive over the weekend. As this report in today’s Irish Examiner confirms, there was also an emergency meeting of the executive last night ahead of tonight’s get-together with the players so it’s clear that the Board aren’t exactly sitting on their hands in relation to the issue.
Following tonight’s brief session, the focus is sure to remain squarely on Noel and Pat. The longer they insist in holding the increasingly forlorn position of remaining in post, the longer this whole sorry mess goes on. As An Spáilpín Fánach put it so well earlier on today, the only way to limit the damage is to end this affair as quickly as possible.
There’s only one way this can happen and so the sooner Noel and Pat do the decent thing and resign, the better. I’d say that this was the message that came across loud and clear from the players in the course of tonight’s brief meeting with the County Board officials.