All-Ireland winning captain says Cork lack leaders but the talent is there

All-Ireland winning captain says Cork lack leaders but the talent is there
John O'Rourke of Cork in action against Aidan Trihy of Waterford. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

CORK football needs to get its house in order quickly if the county is to become a serious force again on the national stage.

That is the viewpoint of former All-Ireland winning captain, Dinny Allen before Peadar Healy's team face Tipperary in Saturday's Munster semi-final at Páirc Uí Rinn.

Nemo club man Allen believes that a number of issues need to be sorted quickly and if they aren't it could be a short footballing Summer on Leeside.

“If I had to pick one aspect it would the lack of camaraderie in the squad as the whole psyche seems to be relying on tactics and stats to improve the team,” he said.

He believes the present players are not being guided in the right direction.

“Instead of talking for hours about tactics when they cross that white line to go on the pitch they should all be able to use common sense when things are not going according to plan.

“On a personal level, I think the players are like robots because I remember when Billy Morgan was in charge there was a completely different approach.

“Although we only won two All-Ireland titles he made sure the whole squad were leaders on the pitch.

“Billy always believed a leader was a guy who could immediately figure out what was lacking on the pitch without looking over at the sideline or thinking about a tactic to solve it.” 

Talking too much before a game now seems to be a trend that is stifling football in this county, he believes.

“If you are going to be talking tactics for an hour before a game it bamboozles players and the Cork players look like a side that are forgetting what to do on the pitch when the going gets tough.”

In typical determined fashion, Allen still has faith with the players that are available in this county.

“I am not having a go at the players, because I firmly believe we have some very good talent in this county.

“I saw Nemo playing Skibbereen in this year’s championship and it was a fabulous game of football.

“Not because of my allegiance to Nemo, but that was as good a club game I have seen for a while, with free flowing football.

“The present Cork side are not being allowed to express themselves, as they seem to play a different brand of football to what they are producing at club level.”

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