Monday 16 December 2019

McGee's Review body clarify 'strong desire' for provincial shake-up

Chair of the football review committee Eugene Magee
Chair of the football review committee Eugene Magee
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The Football Review Committee has moved to clarify its position with regard to the changes they have proposed to the championship structures as part of their second report published last December.

The FRC's desire to clarify one aspect of the report comes in the wake of GAA president Liam O'Neill's call for counties to discuss the findings and report back to the May Central Council meeting.

In the document, the FRC propose a novel way to have eight teams in four provinces that involves losers of first- round fixtures in Ulster and Leinster switching to Munster and Connacht. This was proposed to align the provincial championships in a fairer way and create more free weekends for club players.

The Eugene McGee-led body has stressed that there was a "very strong desire" to have an inter-county championship four eights and that was the basis for their proposal. But they feel that this key point "should not be lost or confused by focusing on one example" of how to arrive at a structure based on four eights.

"The key is to reach the four eights structure and enable a more streamlined provincial and All-Ireland series, while facilitating the playing of club championship games throughout the country during the summer months," said FRC chairman McGee yesterday.

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