Monday 24 July 2017

'The players were like a herd of sheep released into a field' - Tomás Ó Sé slams the Cork management

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Kerry legend Tomás Ó Sé has slammed Peadar Healy and his Cork management team after the Rebels were almost beaten by Waterford in the Munster championship for the first time in 57 years.

Cork came within a whisker of another demoralising defeat after two disappointing years for football in the county, edging out the 14/1 outsiders by 1-12 to 1-11.

Ciarán Whelan claimed Cork didn't look fit or conditioned and lacked leadership in the game at Fraher Field.

Ó Sé, who now plays his club football with Cork side Nemo Rangers, was at the game and believes that the current state of the Rebels has left their fans 'disgusted' and that the conveyor belt of talent is there.

"It's a tough time being a Cork footballer at the moment. All credit to Waterford, they put up a great performance but Cork should be going down to Waterford and winning," he told The Sunday Game on RTE

"You talk in GAA in football about tactics and passion and belief... confidence. This Cork team hasn't been playing with that for the last two years."

"The players, I feel, are there. I'm playing club football in Cork. I've seen the players and with the underage they have produced in the last... they have won 10 under-21 titles in the last 14 years in Munster. There is some problem between under-21 and senior level.

"I don't for the life of me understand how Cork can't blend a team."

Ó Sé criticised the Cork backroom team for the naive approach of the side to Waterford's defensive tactics.

"The job of the management is to have a team tactically ready. Waterford parked the bus and Cork looked as though they were playing a defensive team for the first time in their lives," he added.

"They are capable of putting up big performances but they are so few and far between.

"I do think the management have a lot to answer for. They are in charge, they need to lead, they need to instill confidence.

"People in Cork are disgusted with the way things are turning out.

"I have no doubt that Peadar Healy and his management are good GAA men but I'm not sure are they up to the job of leading this team.

"It would be something different if you said they definitely don't have the players, they definitely don't have the talent but that's not true, they do have the players coming through.

"I think the county board have a lot to answer for. You put people in these positions, you get results after it. I think there is a lot of work to be done in the short term and long term.

"They won All-Irelands in 1989 and '90. They won an All-Ireland in 2010. I think Conor McCarthy might be involved with the backroom team but no one else.

"You look back at years gone and what Billy Morgan did with teams and the way he inspried them. I don't think they are inspired. They look like a team that's like a herd of sheep going into a field for the first time and cutting loose around the place.

"There's no organisation or anything there and it's sad.

"I don't say that in any enjoyment, I'd love if Cork were going well.

"If you mix the older players with the younger players coming through, they have to be better? They have to be."

Cork will face last year's beaten All-Ireland semi-finallists Tipperary in a Munster semi-final on June 10 knowing a much-improved display is required.

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