Brian Cuthbert: GAA HQ needs to be better

Cork football boss Brian Cuthbert was happy with his side’s win over Clare yesterday but remained unhappy with the late notification of Jamie O’Sullivan’s suspension.

Brian Cuthbert: GAA HQ needs to be better

The Irish Examiner revealed last week Croke Park had failed to communicate O’Sullivan’s ineligibility for the Clare game until Wednesday, and Cuthbert said GAA HQ needed “to be better”.

“Outside me being disappointed, the fact that the player only finds out on Wednesday that he’s suspended... Jamie’s preparing for a Munster championship game and then all of a sudden we’re notified that he’s suspended, six or seven weeks after the incident took place?

“I think for the sake of the player, I don’t think that’s good enough. Everybody in Cork is doing their best to move forward, to do all we can do and to get a call from Croke Park on a Wednesday — ‘oh, Jamie O’Sullivan is suspended’ - that is not good enough.

“I feel very sorry for Jamie and I think Croke Park need to be better than that.” Cuthbert said Clare’s goal chances could have produced a different result yesterday.

“They had four or five chances and if they’d taken those, the game could have turned out quite differently.

“We knew they’d go for it (early on), and they were unfortunate not to get a goal — fortunate from our point of view it didn’t go in. But it opened us up a bit, it gave us a start, and from there on I thought we were in control of the game.

“We’d have been very disappointed he got through, but at the same time I felt we had control of the game — the players have worked very hard and 1-20 is a good score to get, no matter who the opposition are.

“Our forwards were good today, they all have different attributes, but I’d think there’s more in them.” The Cork boss hopes to have Eoin Cadogan and Tom Clancy (Clonakilty) back for the Munster final.

“Eoin will be right, please God. He was training here last Tuesday and he just rolled his ankle. It was precautionary more than anything, if we’d had to we might have risked him but we didn’t feel it was the right thing to do, and hopefully he’ll be back training next week.

“Tom will play for Clonakilty in the championship next week, and the other injury worry is Ian Maguire, so we should have a few options — Ian is back training properly, so hopefully he’ll have no reaction to the injury to his disc, and after a few weeks he should be a live option.”

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