There is a conversation to be had on tiered football championship - McConville

June 21, 2024

Wicklow manager Oisin McConville ahead of his side's Tailteann Cup opener against Fermanagh at Brewster Park ©INPHO

Wicklow manager Oisin McConville says “there is a conversation to be had” over the introduction of a tiered football championship with senior, intermediate and junior grades.

McConville’s side reached the quarter-finals of the Tailteann Cup before bowing out to Down on a 1-18 to 0-12 scoreline in Newry last weekend.

Speaking on Morning Ireland this week, the 2002 All-Ireland winner said he believes in the Tailteann Cup’s benefits and reckons it’s time to be talking about adding a third tier to the football championship.

"You see the different tiers in hurling. Some people would argue that they're not working that well, but I would say for all the teams that won the Nicky Rackard, the Lory Meagher, and Christy Ring that was a very special occasion that they had this year in Croke Park,” said McConville.

"I think there is a conversation to be had at the very least. I'm not sure what way that would structure or would it be the bottom eight teams because I think there's a lot of teams still aspiring to play in the Sam Maguire, no matter how unrealistic that is.

"I think one more tier is definitely worth a conversation or certainly it's something that we should be looking at.

"If you look at some of the results this year, you look at London's results, you look at how competitive New York were, and you're talking teams like Wicklow and Carlow you're thinking ‘would that be a competition that would be really competitive and really worth getting your teeth in there?’

"You would have to say yes. So, I definitely think there's a conversation to be had around a senior, intermediate and junior."


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