Monday 24 July 2017

'Splitting into two groups of 16 is inevitable for football' - Creedon

Laois boss Peter Creedon Photo: Sportsfile
Laois boss Peter Creedon Photo: Sportsfile

Michael Verney

When Laois welcome Longford to O'Moore Park tomorrow it will be one of the few football championship openers that will be difficult to predict, as the summer begins with a whimper rather than a bang.

The lop-sided structures mean that the early stages are often littered with one-sided games, Mayo, Donegal and Monaghan are all available at abysmal odds this weekend, with a clear division - and some times many divisions - between the standards in many counties.

With this in mind Laois boss Peter Creedon feels it's inevitable that results will force a split between the top 16 counties and the chasing pack and feels the 'Super 8' is the first step in that direction.

"I think they're moving towards two 16s, that's the first step along the way. I still can't fathom why there's a reluctance to do it, there's just no getting away from it," he said.

Investment

"There's too much investment going into county teams and realistically outside the top five or six, there's no chance of winning it. So there needs to be something else done there.

"Overall there's no reason why counties can't be playing an All-Ireland senior 'A' semi-final and an All-Ireland senior 'B' semi-final on the same day in Croke Park, and you're keeping everyone interested.

"And they'd be good games as well. The National Football League is a good product and it's not marketed properly at all. Even this year the attendances are up in Division 1 so that's the way to go."

Relegation to Division 4 for next season hasn't helped Creedon's Laois cause with morale quite low in the county and the former Tipperary supremo acknowledges that the Longford tie is a toss up.

"We beat them in the league, funnily enough, but last season they had a very good campaign in the championship, they got some good results.

"If we play really well it's a game we can win and if we don't produce a performance, well they'll take care of us," he added.

Irish Independent

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