LEGENDARY football manager Billy Morgan has warned that winning the Allianz Division 3 title will not be as easy as people think for Ronan McCarthy’s Cork.
Having been relegated in 2019, Cork begin the league in the third division. Should the Rebels fail to secure promotion, they will need to beat Kerry in the Munster championship in order to progress to the All-Ireland series.
The Leesiders showed real promise last summer, while the minors and U20s lifted silverware, creating significant goodwill entering the new season.
Speaking to The Echo at the launch of the 1990 Cork GAA Double All-Ireland team commemorative shirts at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last night, where both Rebel Óg and Penny Dinners will benefit from the new Suit Distributors clothing line, Morgan —who led the Rebel footballers to back to back All-Irelands — believes it will be tougher than expected.
“I would hope that they will win the third division, try and put out their best team every time and then come out of it with a winning mentality,” said Morgan.
“They will have momentum going into the championship then and they will have qualified for the All-Ireland then as well.
“Hopefully, they will do well in the third division but it won’t be as easy people think because there are some very difficult trips that they will have to go on.
“But hopefully, they do and I’m sure they will. I’m sure 2020 will be better [than 2019], I would be very, very confident of that.
“The seniors seemed to change their style of play during the year, it was more positive and it paid dividends so hopefully they will kick on from there.
“I would be reasonably hopeful. After a bad start to the year with being relegated to the third division, I would be optimistic about the future.
“I just hope the young players aren’t rushed and people will be patient. I am sure they will so I am optimistic about the future.”