Jayo thought he was very unfairly treated by Gilroy in 2009 and 2010. Particularly 2010. Basically Gilroy dropped him after the Kerry disaster with the line, “You’re not the type of player I want anymore.”. Though he did sort of apologise for taking him off so early in the Kerry match by saying, “It could’ve any of them.”
But after 2009 Gilroy still dangled the carrot that if he put on 10kgs of muscle in 6 months he’d be back in the frame. Jason did so, with great personal efort and sacrifice, but when Gilroy met him, instead of taking him back he told him that his team mates didn’t want him back - that he was basically the Roy Keane of the training camp (I’m not actually sure what that means - trouble maker?). He was devastated at this. So he investigated and didn’t find or hear of anyone who didn’t want him back. Despite this, Gilroy dangled a second carrot, refusing to totally shut the door on him - and Jason trained away intemsely for another 6 months but Gilroy ignored him and refused all his entreaties. And that was that - career over. He says that it’s still very awkward whenever Gilroy and himself come across each other.
HOWEVER - Jason does conclude that Gilroy won the All Ireland - and therefore, that alone justifies Pat’s actions.
Another interesting thing is that there was never any tension or bad-relations between him and Mickey Whelan in 96/97. He says that that was all just heresay and rumours - that the fact was, Mickey was a great manager ahead of his time, who was fully supportive of Jason on and off the field. The reason of the rumours was simply because he was dropped to the bench in early 96 and the media supposed it was because Whelen didn’t like the glamour boy. But the fact was, Jason had lost form and wasn’t putting it in, in training.