Monday 25 September 2017

'He's in over his head' - Tomás O Sé offers blunt assessment of Cork manager and Rebels' 'ridiculous' preparation

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Kerry legend Tomás Ó Sé has questioned whether Peadar Healy is the right man to lead Cork forward after the Rebels' Munster final humiliation at the hands of the Kingdom.

Eamonn Fitzmaurice's men ran out 1-23 to 0-15 winners but were never troubled by their rivals in Killarney. Healy has been under scrutiny all year after a disappointing league campaign that saw Cork fail to get promoted out of Division 2, while last year saw the team lose to Tipperary in the championship for the first times since the forties.

Speaking on Game On on 2FM last night, Ó Sé laid the majority of the blame for Sunday's display at the door of Healy.

"I think he’s in over his head here," he said.

"I don’t think they had the right team on the field.

"I’ve seen guys inside in dressing rooms at half-time coming in and rising a team, and a team performing differently in the second half, because of exactly what was said to them a half-time.

"And I’ve also been in dressing rooms where that’s happened before games.

"Not only the performance, but tactically I think they were out of it."

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Ó Sé thought that Cork's tactics were wrong and also questioned the county board's decision to stage club fixtures two weeks before the Munster final.

"Their kick-outs were crazy," he said.

"They didn’t even win half of their own kick-outs. They were one-dimensional. They only attacked by running. That was the only way - there was no long ball going in.

"Two weeks before Cork played Kerry last Sunday, there was county championship football played in Cork. If that was in Kerry, it wouldn’t even happen.

"The footballers - the county team - are training to play Cork in a Munster final. They’re going to be given a minimum of three weeks together, minimum. These guys were forced to play and break up their squad for a full weekend, so they probably got five sessions together before the Kerry game, which is absolutely ridiculous."

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