TOMÁS Ó Sé has described Cork as "rudderless, from management down," a "poor relation of Mayo," and and said that if "Eamonn Fitzmaurice was in charge...I think you'd have a different Cork team."
Cork haven't won a Munster SFC match in Killarney for 20 years and expectations of them breaking that spell lie particularly low this year.
"I do think they have talent," said Ó Sé, who now plays his club football in Cork with Nemo Rangers.
"I do think around the middle of the field, they're missing physicality, I think that's the one area. At the back, they're tight enough, I think they're strong attacking.
"I think their forwards given proper possession and all that...Jesus, you've (Brian) Hurley and (Colm) O'Neill inside. I they get enough ball like. . ."
"If they can't get the ball in, they've a strong runner in Kerrigan.
"Put it like this, if Eamonn Fitzmaurice was in charge of Cork, I think you'd have a different Cork team.
"I think they seem like a team rudderless enough to be fair from management down.
"They seem like a poor relation of Mayo in that you can't trust Mayo but you can't trust Cork either.
"That's not playing games, it's just calling it as I see it.
"They just seem like a team if you get on top of them very, very early, they've no Plan B and they'll just lie down."
Never, according to Ó Sé, was Cork's lack of direction more apparent than the League final collapse to Dublin.
"You see the great teams there over the last few years, if Tyrone were losing against Dublin, and losing badly, they'd start a row or they'd start something to get back into it," he pointed out.
"We'd do the same. You show something. But there was nothing there with Cork and that's the worry I'd have for them.
"I just think on the field, they need fellas to stand up more and give more leadership.
"I think they still have a dangerous forward line, they're after bringing back Alan O'Connor, they're after chopping and changing. They'd Cadogan at midfield for the full league and then they're suddenly gone.
"It's kind of putting questions into players' minds," Ó Sé maintained.
"What frame of mind would Fintan Goold be in coming into the game, or even preparing for the game?
"I think there's a lot of question marks there and there won't be answers unless they beat one of the top three or four teams," the former Kerry defender concluded.