Cork manager Ronan McCarthy hinted at a big clear-out of players after the Rebels crashed out of the All-Ireland qualifiers following a hammering by Tyrone.
McCarthy watched his first season as boss come to an end with a second consecutive hiding, following on from their Munster final lesson doled out by Kerry.
The Red Hand County beat them by 16 points in their fourth round qualifier to move onto the Super 8s, while McCarthy was left to ponder the future.
"There’s nothing rash going to be done, but there are hard decisions that are going to come – we can’t shy away from that," he admitted, following a tough campaign for Cork.
"We probably need to go a different direction and we’ve hard decisions to make on who we are going to bring on that journey, which starts next Monday.
"Massive disappointment. If you look back six weeks on the massive high of the win over Tipp, which was seen as a make-or-break game for us, we won it well, and then we haven’t built on the momentum of it. We’re back to square one really."
Cork failed to make it out of Division 2 of the Allianz League this year – in fact, they were closer to relegation than they were promotion – and following on from their provincial semi-final win over Tipperary they have taken two heavy beatings.
First, Kerry destroyed them on a 3-18 to 2-04 scoreline in the Munster final, made worse by the fact that the Rebels had scored 2-01 inside the first ten minutes.
Then came the qualifier humbling by Tyrone, where they barely raised a canter on their way to a 3-20 to 0-13 loss.
"They’re two very good teams and at the stage we’re at, we’d have to play very well to be competitive against them," admitted McCarthy. "They’re two fine sides.
"Tyrone were brilliant at what they do and as they got further ahead it suited them more because they’re a brilliant counter-attacking team.
"It should be acknowledged that they have very good forwards that can hurt you and their tackling and work-rate is something to be admired and something we should aspire to ourselves."
Donncha O’Connor came off the bench near the end and it may have been the 37-year-old 2010 All-Ireland winner’s final time in a Cork jersey. If it is, it is a disappointing way to end what was a fine inter-county career.