Antrim boss calls for three-tier football championship

10 August 2017

Frank Fitzsimons.
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Antrim joint-manager Frank Fitzsimons says the final score margins between last weekend’s All-Ireland SFC quarter-finalists should be a “wake-up call” to the rest of the country.

Fitzsimons was in attendance at Croke Park last Saturday as Tyrone and Dublin both cruised to double-digit victories over Armagh and Monaghan, respectively, and feels the time has come for a tiered championship.

“The All-Ireland quarter-finals should be a wake-up call for everybody in the country,” Fitzsimons is quoted saying by The Irish News.

“I attended last weekend’s quarter-finals and to see Monaghan lose by 10 points and Armagh by 18 points and then Roscommon losing by 22? I couldn’t believe the gap.”

On his stance on a tiered championship, the Saffrons boss added: “I know people disagree with me about a tiered championship – I wouldn’t call it a ‘B’ championship but I actually think there should be junior, intermediate and senior now…

“We need to wake up and ask where we’re going. Roscommon won a Connacht title but last Monday felt like 10 steps back for them. Is it telling us that the big teams don’t care about a provincial title?

“I actually think there should be three tiers…I’ve been thinking this for the last year-and-a-half. You’re just going on what other counties are spending.”