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"Chaos!" - Tipp Manager Liam Kearns Is Unhappy With New Championship Structure

"Chaos!" - Tipp Manager Liam Kearns Is Unhappy With New Championship Structure
By Arthur James O'Dea
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Tipperary football manager Liam Kearns has lamented the proposed structure of next year's championship and is admittedly unsure 'how it is going to work' logistically.

Speaking on Tipp FM, Kearns was at pains to explain the most glaring flaw in the GAA's radical overhaul of the championship calendar:

They're talking about the championship starting in the first week of May.

Are they seriously saying that we're going to release players to their clubs for the whole of April and then try and play the first round of the championship in May?

That doesn't work.

With April supposed to be set aside for club games, it's positioning between the National League finals and the beginning of the championship had initially appeared to be a suitable compromise.

However, with virtually no time set aside to prepare a team for their opening championship fixture, Kearns believes that this new system will ultimately result in 'a lot of chaos':


The month before the championship is a crucial month and I really don't know how it's going to work.

I don't think this has been thought out very well and there could be a lot of chaos in relation to this.


Although certain sections of the GAA may argue that the league offers counties the necessary time required to prepare for the championship, Kearns clearly has his reservations.


Furthermore, given Kearns' particular location in a county where hurling holds greater sway, many of his footballers play both football and hurling for their clubs.

Under such conditions, April would become an increasingly busy month for players Kearns would ideally want in peak condition come the beginning of the football championship.

Should the championship calendar be decided along such lines, Kearns sounded somewhat doubtful whether 'every' county would be so quick to release their players prior for the designated month.


With much clarity yet required on how the introduction of the 'Super 8' structure will alter the championship timeline for 2018, the Tipperary boss appears to be one of many who remains skeptical.

See Also: "I Was Never The Most Graceful Of Footballers" - Tomas O'Leary On His Return To Junior GAA


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