Mayo manager James Horan has denied rumours that there is a rift between himself and selector Donie Buckley.

The Connaught Telegraph suggested that Buckley and Horan had fallen out as the former was absent from a training session prior to the Connacht SFC clash with New York, according to Horan.

However, the Mayo number one has strongly denied any such rift exists, telling the Western People: "It's mind-boggling really.

Donie Buckley

"If this reporter bothered to go to any of our sessions, he'd know that because of our geography, it doesn't make sense to bring eight or nine Dublin-based players down every Tuesday. So we split the sessions and we alternate who takes the sessions.

"On that particular night, Donie was taking the Dublin session and I was taking the session in Claremorris.

"The information published in his article was disgraceful and I just cannot understand how something that's completely untrue can get published.

"It was complete lies on a full page of a local paper" - James Horan

"That article was published the week before we played our first championship match. It was complete lies on a full page of a local paper. It didn't impact our preparation at all, but it did create a fuss around the team from some of the public, which is far from ideal."

In the same article, Horan also denied that he is a totalitarian figure, saying such a managerial style simply does not work with modern athletes.

Horan said: "I don't know how any modern-day manager could be stubborn or dictatorial because of the big support team that needs to work so closely in tandem to run an inter-county team. That day of one-man ruling with an iron fist is gone.

"Managing highly-educated, motivated young athletes that are all keen to learn requires a team of people working together and that's why those articles were so wide of the mark."