Tyrone County Board responds to explosive email from disgruntled player
Tyrone County Board Chairwoman Roisin Jordan has responded to an email from a disgruntled player heavily criticising how Mickey Harte's team is being funded.
An email sent to Newstalk's Off the Ball programme, that has been verified by a member of the team set-up, states that each player has been asked by Mrs Jordan to make a £15 contribution to 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 Disgusted 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.
"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."
In a statement released to Independent.ie today, Roisin Jordan said: "Within Tyrone GAA we avail of regular meetings between Executive officers, team management, and players liaison officers. It is at such meetings that we discuss a range of issues involving games, administration and finances. I welcome such a forum to allow for an exchange of views, so that each can explain and understand any constraints which may apply.
"In terms of finance, Tyrone are highly fortunate to have generous backers in the form of corporate sponsors and Club Tyrone. It is incumbent upon Tyrone GAA to ensure their investment is properly applied to GAA purposes. Any major decisions involving funding, or curbing expenditure, will ultimately be decisions for Tyrone County Committee and not individuals, nor private emails exchanged between individuals.
"Let there be no doubt that everyone within Tyrone GAA are fully behind Mickey Harte and his County team."
It was revealed by the Irish Independent last week that Tyrone spent €484,127 on their inter-county teams compared to the €1,632,448 spent by Mayo, the team that knocked them out of the All-Ireland at the quarter-final stage.