Saturday 21 September 2019

Lee: Tier 2 only works if GAA support it

Limerick manager Billy Lee. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Limerick manager Billy Lee. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Introducing a second-tier football championship is pointless unless the GAA provides full support and encourages sponsors and media to back it, according to Limerick manager Billy Lee.

"Just bringing it in and hoping it will work is a waste of time. Having fixtures for the sake of it won't work," he said.

Lee, who takes an improving Limerick squad to Páirc Uí Rinn to play Cork in the Munster semi-final on Saturday evening, supports the concept in principle.

"There's definitely room for it. With the exception of Limerick, all the teams that were in Division 4 this year are in the first round of the qualifiers and most of the others were in Division 3. That tells its own story. I'd like to see another championship - and don't call it Tier 2 because that devalues it straight away. There's nothing to lose," he said.

Limerick's win over Tipperary was one of the early surprises in this year's championship and now they take on Cork, who are having their first outing after a poor league campaign where they were relegated to Division 3.

"Our performances in the league were better than some of the results showed. After that we had a very good run-in to the Tipp game, so we were expecting a big performance. It came right for us on the day and we now need to build on that," said Lee.

It's a time of transition in Limerick and he is pleased with how it's progressing.

"It has been about putting down foundations that are solid and will last. We're looking forward to the Cork game to see if we can put what we learned from the Tipperary game into practice. It's a step-by-step process," said Lee.

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