On the back of two heavy defeats in this year's championship, the state of Cork football has come in for much discussion and Tomás Ó Sé believes the desire is currently not there within the county to fully support the code.

On Saturday evening, the Rebels offered little resistance when going down by 16 points to Tyrone in Round 4 of the All-Ireland qualifiers. That reverse followed a Munster final mauling by Kerry for Ronan McCarthy's side. This season's league saw Cork finish in the bottom half of the Division 2 standings.

Ó Sé is familiar with the scene in Cork by way of his time playing for Nemo Rangers, and he wasn't holding back in his assessment of the Rebels' current woes when he spoke on The Sunday Game.

"Cork are not a football county in my eyes. They have great clubs like Nemo Rangers and St Finbarr's. At county level they haven't had success like other GAA superpowers have had. If the Cork hurlers were beaten by 17 points by Tipperary and then got another thumping by another team, say Kilkenny, there would be absolute war.

"There is a culture down there of things being half acceptable for the footballers.

Cork boss Ronan McCarthy after the loss to Tyronne

"The current squad lack belief, they lack arrogance. I see Stephen Cronin when he plays for Nemo but he's not the same player when he plays for Cork."

It's the overall culture that must change within Cork GAA, says the Kerry legend, as he looks for some positivity.

He continued: "East Cork is a stronghold of hurling, while west Cork was always football. Now east Cork are dominating football at underage level but when they come to a certain age they are told that hurling is the game.

"I do think another county board for football should be set up. There are very good footballing people in Cork but I don't think there is the desire to drive the football as much as hurling from not just the county board but from everybody."