Ex-Cork underage star has an interesting theory on why the county's standards have slipped so dramatically
If Cork GAA fans thought last year was bad, then they may want to prepare themselves for what could unfold over the next few months.
2015 saw both the Cork hurlers and footballers fail to reach Croke Park in the same year for the first time since 1998, with Jimmy Barry Murphy's stick men coming up short against Galway in the quarter-final while Brian Cuthbert's charges were upset by a weak Kildare team in the fourth round of the football qualifiers.
Those results saw a change in management for both teams, with Peadar Healy coming on board with the footballers and Kieran Kingston taking charge of the hurlers. However, neither move has had the desired effect so far.
Healy's men were relegated from Division One of the league, while Kingston's only survived after winning a relegation playoff against Galway.
Both teams then promptly lost their first Munster championship game, going down to Tipperary in both codes.
There are a lot of reasons being put forward for Cork's rapid decline but former underage star Jamie Wall offered an interesting opinion on his Twitter feed following the minor hurling team's Munster championship loss to Tipperary last night.
Wall played both codes for his county at underage level before a freak incident left him without the use of his legs in 2014.
Wall thinks that 'short termism' is causing underage coaches to value results over a long-range development plan designed to prime players for senior action.
He explained his thinking over a number of thought-provoking tweets.
Just a thought on #CorkHurling - maybe it's not the development squads (which have been pretty successful) are the issue but what follows..— Jamie Wall (@Jamwall7) June 30, 2016
Minor, u21, Senior - the 'progression plan' or lack thereof. It's too easy, and lazy, to simply say 'development squads' - just a thought.— Jamie Wall (@Jamwall7) June 30, 2016
#GAA As someone who went through the development squads, and minor-u21-inter/junior-'almost senior' cycle individually the people involved— Jamie Wall (@Jamwall7) June 30, 2016
all are decent, hard working, honest #CorkGAA people. But is there a coherent communicative plan for bringing guys through. I don't think so— Jamie Wall (@Jamwall7) June 30, 2016
#CorkGAA But there is no consistency of 'plan' from the day you are a 17 year old minor hurler to a 21 year old. It's the short term-ism— Jamie Wall (@Jamwall7) June 30, 2016
I've taken 7 tweets to say that because I feel it's important we acknowledge that it is the system that is broken, not good #CorkGAA people.— Jamie Wall (@Jamwall7) June 30, 2016