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Cork 'furious' at attempt to 'split players'
08/02/2008 - 8:56:31 AM Cork hurling and football players have revealed this morning that they are

Cork hurling and football players have revealed this morning that they are "furious" at what they called the "spin and misinformation" issued by the board, including the claim they would accept Teddy Holland as football manager, which they say is totally and utterly untrue.

In a detailed response to the events of the past 24 hours they say there have been a number of attempts to split the players throughout this process, which have failed.

The statement concluded they are totally united in their opposition to Teddy Holland and his selectors and to the new selector system.

The full text of the hurling and football panels statement : "We would first like to thank those people who have supported us recently, particularly those who took to the streets of Cork to support us in atrocious conditions.

"Because of the volume of information now in circulation about the recent talks, we feel we should be clear about our position, which has not changed throughout this process: we desperately want to play for Cork but cannot until Teddy Holland and his four selectors - Mick O'Loughlin, Diarmuid O'Donovan, Liam Hodnett and Teddy McCarthy - are no longer in office and the recently adopted system of appointment selectors has been satisfactorily dealt with.




"The systems in place in Cork for the last five years have seen a Cork team in the All-Ireland final every year. The board, whether at delegate or executive level, have decided to fix what clearly wasn't broken. You'd have to ask why.

"The board has used the recent negotiations to leak and misrepresent documents and discussions agreed to be confidential to suit their own ends. This has caused confusion and has not helped to resolve anything.

"We are more than aware of our duty to Cork supporters to resolve this situation rand have fully in all talks, whether directly with the board or with the assistance of Mr Mulvey, and latterly, Mr Duffy.

"The way the discussions have been treated by the board throughout has been absolutely shocking to us. We are furious at the spin and misinformation put out by the board, culminating in yesterday's board statement which said that we would accept Teddy Holland as football manager, which is totally and utterly untrue.

"There have been a number of attempts to split the players throughout this process, which have failed. Our position is and always has been: we are totally united in our opposition to Teddy Holland and his selectors and to the system recently adopted."
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