Thursday 20 July 2017

Harte resists calls for football revamp

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte insists there is no need for a two-tiered competition
Tyrone manager Mickey Harte insists there is no need for a two-tiered competition

Orla Bannon

Mickey Harte has come out against the growing calls for a restructuring of the All-Ireland senior football championship and insists there is no need for a two-tiered competition.

The Tyrone manager, whose team face Meath in a second round All-Ireland qualifier in Omagh tomorrow, believes the football landscape is competitive enough and suggested more teams can win a provincial or All-Ireland title now than was the case years ago.

"People talk about the demise of football and how it has been narrowed down, but you have more teams now capable of challenging than there used to be," said Harte.

"There is talk the strong are getting stronger and the weak weaker but that is not true. If you go back to the 1970s, Dublin and Kerry were there and everyone else was also-rans.

"If they met an Ulster or Connacht team in the All-Ireland semi-final, it was like a day off for them because they knew they were in the final.

"I think there is more chance now of people making the top table than there used to be."

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