Former Tyrone player Philip Jordan has criticised Sean Cavanagh's recent comments about Tyrone manager Mickey Harte.
Jordan was writing in his RTÉ column about comments Cavanagh made before the Monaghan match, where he argued that Harte's style of play had harmed the careers of his forwards due to the defensive system that the 66-year-old employs.
Cavanagh named Ronan O'Neill, Darren McCurry, Kyle Coney and Niall McKenna as examples of players that Harte's system is holding back. Tyrone lost to Monaghan over the weekend in a close contest, with the Oriel County pipping Harte's team 1-18 to 1-16.
But Jordan reckons the recently retired Cavanagh's comments are a result of the 35-year-old looking to get his media career going, rather than a genuine assessment of Tyrone's style of play:
Sean was captain of the team before his retirement last year and he has a book coming out shortly.
Myself and Sean are neighbours, we played together for years and I'd have no problem telling him that I disagree 100 per cent with his comments.
Sean is obviously thinking about his media career and he's learning from Joe Brolly and Pat Spillane about making the headlines. Does he really believe that Tyrone have a player up front as good as Conor McManus? I don't think he does.
Jordan went on to say that players who are mentally weak will jump on Cavanagh's comments and blame the management, but stated that "whenever Monaghan are beaten you can rest assured that McManus isn't blaming the system. He's out on his own, working on his game".