Sunday 25 February 2018

'It's becoming impossible for Tyrone to fight for All-Irelands'

Several concerns over funding to the senior side were raised in an email sent to Newstalk’s Off The Ball yesterday. Stock Photo
Several concerns over funding to the senior side were raised in an email sent to Newstalk’s Off The Ball yesterday. Stock Photo

Michael Verney

Tyrone's senior footballers have hit out against county board spending cuts which they believe are hurting their All-Ireland credentials as well the morale within Mickey Harte's squad.

Several concerns over funding to the senior side were raised in an email sent to Newstalk's Off The Ball yesterday with the document claiming that Tyrone chairperson Roisin Jordan is insisting upon a £15 contribution from each player towards sports equipment.

The claims suggested that Tyrone are not on a level playing field and operating on a shoestring budget compared to other All-Ireland contenders while correspondence subject, 'Disgusted Tyrone Senior Footballer', also outlined an "ongoing battle" with Tyrone GAA chiefs regarding resources, the timely payment of mileage costs, and other expenses.

"She is insisting that we contribute towards it despite the fact that the county has made a surplus on the accounts for some time," the email, signed by Tyrone Senior Player, reads.

"This is not about the £15. It's about month after month of cut after cut. Roisin Jordan has over the course of the last three years made it her mission to cut spending from the preparation of the county teams.

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"We are told that we need to tighten our belts. 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.

"Most club people and fans will be sickened to hear this but it's time to call it out."

On the field, Mattie Donnelly will be kept in reserve for Sunday's Division 1 clash against Cavan despite being cleared to play following a concussion protocol.

The All-Star midfielder missed the Red Hand's draw with Dublin two weeks ago due to a head injury suffered in the opening round win against Roscommon and must settle for a place on the bench alongside captain Seán Cavanagh.

Mickey Harte makes two changes to the side that nearly ended Dublin's 31-match unbeaten streak with Mickey O'Neill replacing Niall Morgan in goal, while there's one change in attack.

Mark Bradley is suspended after receiving a straight red card against the Dubs and Ronan O'Neill comes into the first 15 while Cavanagh waits for his maiden start of the season having being utilised as an impact sub against both the Rossies and Dublin.

Meanwhile, Kerry are unsure if Peter Crowley and Donnchadh Walsh will be available for Sunday's tie with Monaghan as they appealed their retrospective bans at a meeting of the Central Hearings Committee last night.

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