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An All-Ireland Winning Manager Has An Idea That Would Change Croke Park Forever

An All-Ireland Winning Manager Has An Idea That Would Change Croke Park Forever
By PJ Browne Updated

A colleague suggested that it was my tears - as a Kerryman - rather than the rain which manufactured an illegible match programme on Sunday.

Standing on the Hill, my attempts to read Michael Foley's article on the rivalry between Dublin and Kerry were stymied as the rain bucketed down and my €5 programme fell apart.

Of course, the game was also majorly affected by the inclement weather conditions. Players consistently gave up possession as their feet slipped and their hands were unable to grasp the football.

Such problems would be a thing of the past if former Armagh manager Joe Kernan's idea was implemented.

The 2002 All-Ireland winning manager told the Irish Examiner that it's time to put a roof on Croker.

I was going to Croke Park hoping for a good spectacle on Sunday. The weather spoiled that. It is time to put a roof on Croke Park. Imagine the atmosphere that would have been in there on Sunday with a dry surface and the noise that would have been created by a closed roof. Maybe that is a question that needs to be asked.

It is an intriguing idea. Sunday's game would certainly have been a more aesthetically pleasing affair. Though there are obvious logistical obstacles such as cost and what would happen with Hill 16. The stadium could end up looking like a giant gazebo.

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Picture credit; Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

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