Wednesday 17 July 2019

Breathnach's fear for second tier

Donie Breathnach. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Donie Breathnach. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

There has been a lot of talk about the possible introduction of tiered championships in football but many hold worries they may suffer from a lack of publicity like their hurling counterparts.

That's a belief held by former Waterford footballer Donie Breathnach and he feels a lot of lessons can be learned from the coverage, or lack thereof, given to hurling counties outside of the Liam MacCarthy Cup.

"My big fear for it is that it would just end up with teams being forgotten a little bit.

"If the majority do want to go for a second tier, then it just has to be done in the right manner," Breathnach said at the launch of the 2019 Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta.

"It has to be promoted in the right way and the rewards have to be there for the players or otherwise they won't get interest and buy-in from players and management.

"Lessons can be taken from the way hurling has gone, it has become slightly elitist. The top teams seem to get better and the teams outside that are largely going more towards the periphery.

"I would hate to see football going the same way and if the tier two is to happen it needs to be given priority for the first year or two certainly. There has to be a prestigious element to it.

"If you are going to do it, you have to give the games the right promotion. You have to play them before senior games in Croke Park, more double-headers.

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