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Tyrone cost-cutting is 'damaging the team's morale'

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By Declan Bogue

Reports have emerged that Tyrone's senior football team are unhappy with cost-cutting measures, with a communication sent claiming it is damaging both morale and their chances of winning an All-Ireland.

The email claims that county chairperson Roisin Jordan is insisting players contribute £15 a month towards sports equipment and there are issues over the timely payment of mileage expenses.

The Belfast Telegraph revealed last week that Tyrone were the third lowest spenders on their inter-county teams last year, with a surplus of £150,000 left over. They spent £412,000 last year, down from £430,000 in 2015.

An email sent to 'Newstalk' by 'Disgusted Tyrone senior footballer' added: "Tyrone in general are going well despite the intentions of our chair to bleed the preparation of our teams and coaches dry."

Jordan was unavailable for comment, while one spokesperson contacted said they had "no comment" to make.

Meanwhile, Sean Cavanagh comes up against a former manager and close friend - Cavan boss Mattie McGleenan (right) - when Tyrone host the Blues in Healy Park on Sunday (throw-in 2.30pm).

Tyrone have something to prove after Cavan beat them in a bruising first day out in the Dr McKenna Cup.

"It was a Tyrone team that were beaten by Cavan, you have to take it on the chin. We didn't perform," admitted Cavanagh.

It was a rotten day for Tyrone who also lost Rory Brennan with a shoulder injury.

"You could see the Cavan guys, even though it was only early January, they were buzzing. They really took an awful lot out of that game. We have to be ready for them because we know they're a tough proposition on their day," he warned.

"Mattie's a personal friend. He coached me in the MacRory Cup back in 2000 in Armagh," recalled Cavanagh of a man he held up as a childhood hero.

"He coached me for the club (Moy) for a couple of years around '07, '08, '09. Great, great fella. I would be in constant contact with him - he lives only over the road in Eglish."

He warned of the effective job McGleenan has started in Cavan, an opening day defeat to Dublin followed by a character-forming draw in a typical 0-7 all derby clash against Monaghan.

"He's obviously getting a tune out of Cavan at the minute, they're playing out of their skins. The type of guy he is, he'll always get the buy-in of the players," added Cavanagh.

"I said that before he came on board and you can see how the Cavan guys are responding to him.

"He got a scalp up in Kingpsan Breffni Park in the McKenna Cup and I've no doubt he'll be looking to come to Healy Park and send out a message as well."

TYRONE (v Cavan): M O'Neill; P Hampsey, R McNamee, C McCarron; T McCann, Justin McMahon, A McCrory; C Cavanagh, D McClure; C Meyler, N Sludden, P Harte; D McCurry, C McShane, R O'Neill

DERRY (v Kildare): C McLarnon; N Keenan, C Nevin, P Hagan; N Forester, O Duffin, M McEvoy; J Kielt, C McAtamney; E Lynn, E McGuckin, C McWilliams; D Tallon, N Loughlin, B Heron

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