Sunday 22 July 2018

'They are not a football county in my eyes' - Tomás Ó Sé offers damning assessment of Cork after Tyrone collapse

7 July 2018; Luke Connolly of Cork in action against Tyrone players, from left, Pádraig Hamspey, Cathal McShane, Cathal McCarron and Michael McKernan during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 4 between Cork and Tyrone at OMoore Park in Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
7 July 2018; Luke Connolly of Cork in action against Tyrone players, from left, Pádraig Hamspey, Cathal McShane, Cathal McCarron and Michael McKernan during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 4 between Cork and Tyrone at OMoore Park in Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Tomás Ó Sé has called on Cork to set up a football county board in the aftermath of the Rebels' championship exit following a heavy defeat to Tyrone.

After a promising victory against Tipperary in the Munster semi-final, Ronan McCarthy's team were on the receiving end of drubbings against Kerry in the Munster final and Mickey Harte's side in Saturday's round four qualifier, with the Cork footballers now at rock bottom.

The Rebels will play in Division 2 of the league for the third consecutive season in 2019 and speaking on The Sunday Game last night, Ó Sé said that there is an issure around the culture of Cork football.

"Cork are not a football county in my eyes," he said.

"They have great clubs like Nemo Rangers and St Finbarr's. At county level they haven't had success like other GAA superpowers have had. If the Cork hurlers were beaten by 17 points by Tipperary and then got another thumping by another team, say Kilkenny, there would be absolute war.

"There is a culture down there of things being half acceptable for the footballers. The current squad lack belief, they lack arrogance. I see Stephen Cronin when he plays for Nemo but he's not the same player when he plays for Cork."

Ó Sé feels that in order for the football culture to change in the county, a football county board should be set up.

"I do think another county board for football should be set up," Ó Sé added.

"There are very good footballing people in Cork but I don't think there is the desire to drive the football as much as hurling from not just the county board but from everybody."

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