Sunday 21 July 2019

'The only thing they didn't do was quote Nelson Mandela' - Joe Brolly describes Cork's football plan as 'gobbledegook'

Cork manager Ronan McCarthy during the Allianz Football League Division 2 Round 3 match between Clare and Cork at Cusack Park in Ennis, Clare. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Cork manager Ronan McCarthy during the Allianz Football League Division 2 Round 3 match between Clare and Cork at Cusack Park in Ennis, Clare. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
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Joe Brolly has described Cork GAA's strategic report designed to revive the fortune's of their ailing football side as 'sugary PR'.

Cork unveiled a five-year plan at the beginning of last month with the aim of seeing the Rebel footballers challenging for senior All-Ireland titles again in three to five years.

A nine-point defeat to Clare yesterday means Ronan McCarthy's men's languish at the bottom of Division Two after three games with a draw with Fermanagh the only thing to show for their efforts.

A defeat against table-toppers Meath in two week's time and Cork could be staring at relegation to the third tier.

Brolly took aim at Cork's report last night and warned that a 'real of job of work' was required.

"I read this report with interest and it’s all mumbo jumbo. Is it any wonder Cork football is in the state it’s in; the black hole in the finances..." he said, speaking on Allianz League Sunday

"Here are a few lines from the strategic report: ‘we’ve lost our Corkness and we need to rediscover that Corkness that makes us Cork’, ‘brand Cork needs urgent work’, ‘there’s been a disengagement of stakeholders’ – there was a disengagement of the Cork full-back line today for two goals inside four minutes for Clare.

"It’s very disappointing because the Rebels were always a model of coming along every now and again to puncture teams and win an All-Ireland football and hurling and it’s sad to see them in the position they’re in. When you hear that sort of waxy nonsense…

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"They’ve said ‘we need a synergy going forward’. Virtually the only thing they didn’t do was quote Nelson Mandela – all this nonsense when they have a real job of work that needs to be done. It’s just sugary PR – I’ve read the report. It’s all gobbledegook and there are no shortcuts."

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