The lowest point for Cork GAA?

The lowest point for Cork GAA?

Cork manager Peadar Healy during the Allianz Football League Division 2 Round 3 match between Cork and Fermanagh at Páirc Uí Rinn. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

ON Sunday evening, an individual posted on his twitter account, “a shock result in Ennis today…. but only for those who haven’t a working knowledge of the GAA”. 


Not all that long ago, I remember scribbling on these pages that if Cork were to be considered a top football side, they would have to defeat Kerry in Killarney and or in Croke Park. 

Now, I just want them to play Kerry. 

When Sunday morning was laying out plans for the day ahead, the Kingdom were on their way to Roscommon and if they had been defeated, they would become relegation zone inhabitants. 

At the same time, Peadar Healy’s team (although there are quite a few who believe, that its people, other than the Glengarriff based garda, who are the architects of this team), were on their way to Cusack Park in Ennis and were they to emerge victorious, Cork were back in the promotion house.

Right now, on a dreary morning in the Leeside GAA world, there is a strong argument for proffering the notion that Cork may never play Kerry again. 

For the 2017 league, the Kingdom will again dine at the top table, while Corcaigh may very well be using the division 3 sat nav to navigate its way around the country. 

If yours truly was dispatched on a stocktaking visit to Cork at this moment in time, and it was insisted that I would produce a report with some historical context, what would the end of the manuscript look like? 

To be brief, as a result of defeats to Tipperary in last year’s Munster championship, and against Clare in last Sunday’s Allianz encounter, Cork stand fourth in the Munster rankings. 

I have to presume that they would defeat both Limerick and Waterford. 

With league meetings against the great and deadly rivals, now the subject of history lessons, what about championship encounters, well if Cork are behind the premier county and the Banner men, we might be forced to bring a motion to the Munster Council to reinstate the open draw, so that the weaker counties may have a chance!!

Honestly, I can’t believe that such drivel has found its way on to this page, but the happenings at Ennis has us like this. 

Surely there are some silver linings. 

Possibly, the disallowed goal in the second half, which would have cut Clare’s lead to one point, was a standout moment and could have led to a red revival. 

Making the case for the opposition, one would have to mention the outstanding score that Ryan Price made in the Cork goal earlier in the half.

Now, I hope you are not hanging around for solutions as to why Cork football has descended to the basement for shelter. 

I do know, that a number believe, that an instant solution can be found by dishing out P45’s to the current management team. 

I can’t tell you whether they are the same individuals who weren’t contented until Brian Cuthbert was shown the exit door, and for those whose memories are of the short variety, there were also a number who felt that Conor Counihan had reached the expiry date.

Having mentioned that, a number of commentators who attended Sunday’s fare, commented more than once, on the spineless factors that attached to Sunday’s performance, and one can only hope that the performance was a low watermark. 

I wonder has the time arrived when some of us, who have an association with the fourth estate, need to be upskilled on modern day team management. 

Do any of us fully realise, what is involved? 

I know the cynics among you might suggest, that there are some team managements who need upskilling. 

Would Mick O’Dwyer survive in today’s set up? When the Waterville hotelier was in charge of Kerry, he was the man, nowadays it is so different, with the number of personnel that are involved.

I must confess, that the era, when black and white televisions were in vogue, was the last time that yours truly spent any time on a side line, it was a much simpler time. 

Nowadays, the manager could be compared to a school principal who, must for a start manage a number of different categories of staff, in a similar way that a modern day bainistéoir has to manage, coaches, S&C staff, selectors, medical personnel, kit operators, liaison officers, press officers and sports psychologists, and no mention yet of players. 

A principal in a school is a full time position, a manager of a gaelic team must also work to provide. 

I must mention, also, one area of the Cork set up that seems to cause some annoyance, and that is the one relating to post match interviews.

It appears to upset a number of people that Peadar Healy is not the one, who has to face the enquiring media officers. 

I am now asking the question; does it really matter who is sent out to bat? The Cork team management have delegated this position to Eoin O’Neill and should we be happy with that?

Can I stay with this a while? 

Most media outlets, regardless of what form, are now expected to have a few quotes from either a player or a member of management, and I was just wondering is there a better way of doing it than is the case at the moment, and if no,t that is no problem. 

Most of those, who work in this business are tortured by deadlines and the waiting game can be (I know you won’t believe me, when I tell you this) so stressful. 

Over the past while, I have been in the company of some of these people outside defeated Cork dressing rooms for almost forty-five minutes, before somebody is despatched. 

Is there a need for debriefing before facing the inquisitive ones? 

Honestly, I don’t think so, surely it is possible to have someone, who has a few standard blank answers at the ready. I can tell you this, all that the majority of the media folk want is a few quotes and they are on their way.

Quite honestly, and ok maybe I don’t speak for them all, but most couldn’t care less what is said to them, once they have a bit of info to enable them to finish their assignment, without the major stress of doing so, with a ticking clock providing the back drop. 

By the way, the column will be in Walsh Park on Sunday and I will keep you posted as to how long we will have to wait outside a Cork dressing room, and let us hope that it will be a victorious one. @paudiep

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