The Fermanagh players who are involved in an ongoing standoff with the county board have issued a statement expressing “deep disappointment” with the decision of the county committee to reject the proposals of the GAA and GPA designed to bring the matter to a conclusion.
The players again claimed that they were not satisfied with manager John O’Neill, who the county board endorsed in a recent meeting. The full statement reads:
“It is our continued contention that the current management team falls far short of the high standards of organisation and preparation which are required to compete at intercounty standard. Rather than this season being a launch pad for a rebuilding process, we believe there has been a decline in standards.
“As a result the undersigned 11 panel members, (not ‘only four’ as stated by the county board) have withdrawn to date due to concerns regarding team management. We have also received the support of a significant number of players from last year’s squad who share our views on the situation.
“We would like to make it clear we bear no animosity . . . to the players who remain on the panel and have at no point attempted to coerce or influence any panellist into making a decision. However we believe the county board have attempted to drive a wedge between the current squad and the players involved in the dispute. Furthermore, we reject the county board’s assertion that the current squad is in ‘transition’. We believe the alarmingly high level of player turnover within the county is a symptom of deep problems which the board are currently unwilling to address.”
The statement was signed as “2011 Withdrawn Panel Members” : Niall Bogue, James Connolly, Ciarán Flaherty, Mark Little, Liam Lynch, Shane Lyons, Tommy McElroy, John Mullarkey, James Sherry and Peter Sherry.