Kerry star, James O’Donoghue, has broken his silence on the controversy when Martin McHugh hailed him as being a greater player than his Kerry colleague, Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper on the Sunday Game recently.
O’Donoghue was presented with the Open Player of the Month for July on Tuesday and when asked about the comments from McHugh on the Sunday Game, he said that the comments had did him (O’Donoghue) no favours.
McHugh made his comments when analysing O’Donoghue’s performance against Galway in the All-Ireland quarter-final
“He’s a better player than Cooper in my opinion,” said McHugh. “He’s one of the greatest I’ve ever seen. In my opinion, Cooper is a two-trick pony. That lad there has six or seven.”
O’Donoghue commented on Tuesday: “I don’t know why Martin McHugh said that. I think he was trying to give me a compliment. But he brought the Gooch into it out of the blue.
“I don’t know what he was trying to do. But he did me no favours anyway on Twitter.
“The first half of it, I was (flattered). And then he said the Gooch and I was thinking, ‘Don’t say that, jeez’.
“Look, it’s nice to get a compliment like that on the Sunday Game. But obviously, down in Kerry, we have huge respect for the Gooch. He’s our main man.
“Two-trick pony, I think it just came out of his mouth before he had time to think about it.
“I tried to keep away from it. People write to you on Twitter saying, ‘You’re not as good as the Gooch’. And I’m like, ‘I know! I didn’t say it!’
O’Donoghue has been the star performer this year for Kerry with Colm Cooper out for the season with a cruciate injury.
O’Donoghue said comments like that would wash right over Cooper in any event.
“He wouldn’t take any notice of it really. He’d be a cool customer, just leave it all go and he wouldn’t really care what people say. He’s the most skilful player to ever play. He has so many strings to his bow.
“He’s a cool customer as well, he wouldn’t really care about things like that.”