'Corrective surgery is needed' - Brendan Cummins picks out two Tipp stars who could be dropped for the qualifiers
There are few people more qualified to speak on how Tipperary can salvage their 2017 championship campaign than legendary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins.
The All-Ireland champions were stunned in their Munster championship opener by Cork and will now have to fight their way through the back door to retain the Liam MacCarthy Cup.
Tipp embarked on a similar journey in 2010 when Cummins was between the sticks, with the Premier County recovering from a similarly surprising defeat to Cork to beat Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final.
Cummins joined Independent.ie's GAA podcast, The Throw-In, to discuss the fallout to Tipperary's loss, and said that 'corrective surgery' is needed for his county to rebound in the qualifiers.
Many of Tipperary's top players underperformed against Cork, and in the league final defeat to Galway, and Cummins thinks that a few of them may be absent from the starting team when Michael Ryan's men return to action at the start of July.
"It is going to be a tricky one because in five or six weeks time it all depends on what the form is for the player," Cummins said.
"But certainly Bubbles [John O'Dwyer] has drifted in and out of games, there was talk that Darren Gleeson might be replaced by [Darragh] Mooney after the way things went in the league final. So there are an awful lot of questions over an awful lot of players. They will go back to their clubs obviously to try and find that bit of form but the ruthlessness that Tipperary will need to go through the back door will need to be developed in the five or six weeks and I back Mick Ryan to try to do that."
Cummins also revealed how Tipperary benefited from a no holds barred meeting in 2010 that spurred them on to achieve glory.
"I can only speak from my own experience in 2010, we had a meeting in the Horse & Jockey and it was hell for leather," Cummins said.
"The players had it out and it was fairly raw and emotional inside there. Because we were letting each other down. A lot of things were said that needed to be said.
"I know myself I said we had as much chance of winning the All-Ireland as Carlow. I know a lot of my teammates said I shouldn't be talking like that."
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