'Cork are not a football county in my eyes'

July 09, 2018

The Cork players line up for a team photograph.
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Tomás Ó Sé has lamented the current state of Cork football after the county suffered another humiliating championship defeat on Saturday.

The Rebels were on the receiving end of a 16-point drubbing from Tyrone in their All-Ireland fourth round qualifier at O'Moore Park, having lost the Munster final to Kerry by 17 only a few weeks earlier.

Speaking on the Sunday Game last night, Ó Sé - who was part of the Nemo Rangers team this year's All-Ireland club final - noted how football is the poor relation in the Rebel County and highlighted the need for a separate football board. 

"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."

The Kerry legend added: "I do think another county board for football should be set up.

"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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