Saturday 1 October 2016

Recall of hurlers may leave sour taste for Rebels, claims Larry Tompkins

Published 13/07/2016 | 02:30

Walsh (right), a two-time football All-Star, has not been involved with the Cork footballers since 2014. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Walsh (right), a two-time football All-Star, has not been involved with the Cork footballers since 2014. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Cork are taking a risk by recalling Alan Cadogan and Aidan Walsh to the senior football squad with the potential for some existing players to feel "hard done by," former manager and All-Ireland-winning captain Larry Tompkins has suggested.

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While acknowledging the ability of both Cadogan, who impressed for his club Douglas in a game against Castlehaven recently, and Walsh, Tompkins wonders about the timing of decision which he describes as "funny."

"You're trying to accommodate a panel of players, to nurture them into better players and then something like this might occur.

"They might be brilliant next weekend and that's fine but it could leave unhealthy situation in the squad. I don't know. I'm only looking at this from the outside in and from a distance. It depends on how players feel about it.

"Maybe for some of those guys who might be left off, it might leave a sour taste," he suggested.

"I'm sure some players on the panel will feel hard done by. I'd imagine for guys training all year round, it would be very difficult for them to embrace it."

Walsh, a two-time football All-Star, has not been involved with the Cork footballers since 2014, a year when he played both football and hurling. Cadogan also committed exclusively to inter-county hurling for 2015 after dual status at U-21 level.

"They're good players and maybe more natural, particularly Aidan, at football than hurling. There's no doubt their ability to be on the team but the timing of it is funny. They made the call in relation to where they were going (in 2014). It's not their fault they were contacted (now). They are probably loyal fellas that would give anything to the county. They accepted the situation."

Tompkins appreciates that the move for the pair may have come out of necessity as confidence continues to dip in the wake of an indifferent performance against Limerick last weekend.

"Form hasn't been good with relegation in the league. The performances up to now have been disappointing," he said.

Tompkins, the county's manager from 1997 to 2003, would like the see a return to basics.

"Cork, generally, in both codes have lost the run of themselves in relation to just playing the game.

"They have probably got carried away with a lot of stuff that doesn't involve playing the game and it has affected them.

"There's a lot to be said in this game about going to training without hang-ups in your head and you're not carrying any excessive baggage. I think that there are too many voices within the set-up, psychologists, dieticians and what not after that. They have got carried away with that.

"Instead of going four or five nights training, go two nights as was always done. I think they'd be far better off going that route.

"I don't think the likes of Kilkenny have changed much in 15 years. Or Kerry.

"They still stick to traditions and maintain belief in what they're good at. I think Cork just need to get back down to putting their feet on the ground."

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