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Masters mistreated by Rebels: Morgan

FORMER Cork manager, Billy Morgan, has insisted that James Masters remains "one of the best forwards in the country" and claims that he was not treated well by current management.

Masters, a mainstay of the Cork attack, during Morgan's last stint in charge of the Rebels, left Conor Counihan's squad earlier this year, apparently unhappy at the relatively small amount of game time he was afforded.

Morgan - a clubmate of Masters with Nemo Rangers - also claims that a member of the current Cork management team told him that Cork would fail in their All-Ireland pursuit if Masters was kept out of the team.

"One of the current Cork selectors said to me that Cork will not win an All-Ireland without James Masters," said Morgan. "I'm very sorry that he's not there because he's still one of the best forwards in the country. But he wasn't treated too well."

Morgan added that the uncertainty over Cork's team selection this year has contributed to an underperforming side and called on the management to start with what he perceives as their strongest 15 in the All-Ireland final.

"They have been bringing Nicholas Murphy and Colm O'Neill on as impact subs," explained Morgan. "Personally, I would pick the best team from the start and go at the opposition from the start. Nicholas has a back injury that he mightn't last 70 minutes. But I would like to see him start, play 40 or 50 minutes. And if he can't go any further then, he has to come off. But I would prefer to see Cork start with their best 15 and take it from there. Eoin Cadogan is a fine player. When he came on last Sunday, he did very well. He now has four weeks football between then and final and prepare. I would be playing him. And if Graham is fit, I would have the two of them in our defence. But it's up the selectors," he added.

MICK O'DWYER says he has made no decision over his future though he hasn't ruled out the possibility of managing Mayo.

The Waterville native was nominated for the position vacated by John O'Mahony after Mayo's shock All-Ireland exit to Longford and said he has been speaking to a number of potential suitors over the past six months but was non-committal over the subject of his managerial future.

"I have no decision made'" said O'Dwyer. "I have had a word with a few in the last six months but I have made no decision. There isn't any time-scale, if they can fill out their managerial posts wouldn't it be great? It'll relieve me for a year and I'll have a rest," he joked.

On the subject of Mayo, O'Dwyer praised the talent within the county but said that expectations were unnecessarily high.

"Mayo think they're up all the time. They are producing great underage players and it's amazing they haven't achieved. I suppose the should have won an All-Ireland in 1996 when Meath beat them. They have the players, maybe too many players."