Saturday 22 July 2017

'It's cut after cut' - Tyrone player unimpressed after being asked to make contribution to cost of sport equipment

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Morale within the Tyrone football squad is being eroded by cost-cutting measures being deployed by the County Board, according to one disgruntled player.

An email sent to Newstalk's Off the Ball programme, that has been verified by a member of the team set-up, states that each player has been asked by Tyrone chairwoman Roisin Jordan to make a £15 contribution to sports equipment.

The email, sent under the subject line 'Disgusted Tyrone Senior Footballer', outlines the player's frustration at the request.

“It's becoming impossible to prepare ourselves to win an All-Ireland in a climate of cut, cut cut... When we look at the money spent on the preparation of the county teams we are nowhere near the top spenders.”

The Irish Independent revealed the vast chasm between the amount of money Tyrone was spending on their inter-county sides compared to their rivals in 2016.

Tyrone spent €484,127 compared to the €1,632,448 spent by Mayo, the team that knocked them out of the All-Ireland at the quarter-final stage.

Only seven counties spent less than Tyrone last year.

Earlier this month, Tyrone stalwart Sean Cavanagh voiced his jealousy at some of the perks enjoyed by others.

"Like anything you'd like that wee bit more to get the best nutrition or best whatever. But the guys are equally willing that if the county's not spending it on us, the guys will spend on themselves. They don't really cause that much of a fuss about it," Cavanagh said.

"There is times that you're slightly jealous of the likes of the Dublins. We get the basics right. I suppose as a player group, we don't see probably ourselves as that high maintenance. It's like anything, I think everyone looks at Dublin and raises an eyebrow when you see them with their cars and whatever else. At times you do feel that.

"But look it we're amateurs, we're football players, I think the best thing about our group is we're lads that are in it for the right reasons to try and win games. The expenses, the commercial bit, we don't get too carried away, whether it comes or not.

"We're all focused on that common goal to try and get silverware back in the county. Whatever happens outside of that is beyond our control."

Tyrone were unavailable for comment this evening when contacted by Independent.ie

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