Friday 15 December 2017

Friday night football - the verdict

MICKEY HARTE (TYRONE MANAGER)

"I wouldn't be too fond of it. It seems to miss the point that inter-county football in this day and age is not about coming home, throwing your lunch box in the corner and going out and playing a match. There's a lot of preparation that goes into it.

"There's a lot of time goes into that. There's a lot of eating habits to be factored into it, as well as the distance and the travel, as well as what people have been doing that day. There's a lot of variables that seem to have been overlooked in the preparation of a team for a match of that nature."

Dermot Earley (former Kildare midfielder)

"I can understand both sides of the argument. It's great to kick off a weekend with a championship match. But a player's preparation is very important and if he has to take a day's holidays or a half-day that's not ideal. It might bother some lads, so I think there's merit in that. I don't know if we'll see any more after this one, but we'll see how the weekend goes."

Colm Cooper (Kerry forward)

"It's worth trying out definitely. My worry is from a work point of view with guys. Laois and Carlow are pretty close, so they mightn't have a whole pile to travel, but it's at least a half-day from work for guys if they are going to prepare right before it. Especially in the current climate, can guys afford to take days off work for championship games?"

Mark Poland (Down captain)

"I think fellas would probably rather play league games on a Friday and Saturday instead of Sunday. A championship match would be different for me, though. Fellas like to relax before a match. I'm sure there are fellas at work all day and then they have to go and think about a championship match. It's great in a way but it seems like it has been thrown upon the two counties. I'm sure there will be lads who are happy and lads who won't. But it's great to see the GAA evolving."

Jim Gavin (Dublin manager)

"I think it's a good initiative – if it suits both counties, that is. But it's an amateur sport and we're all volunteers and if it doesn't suit a particular county (it shouldn't happen). The management probably know best what the work schedule for particular players is like."

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