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Kevin McStay Calls For Three-Tier Football Championship

Kevin McStay Calls For Three-Tier Football Championship
By PJ Browne Updated

Kevin McStay believes there should be a third football championship added to Gaelic football.

This year saw the first running of the second tier football championship, the Tailteann Cup, which features counties from Division 3 and 4 of the National Leagues who not reach their provincial finals. McStay believes this was just a first step.

"The Tailteann was seen as a little bit of a teaser, 'let's get this one done and see what we can learn from it'," the former Roscommon manager told the RTÉ GAA Podcast.

"The new system we're going to see next year [in the Tailteann Cup], with the groups of four is probably a first step to open championships down the road.

"There is clearly a requirement for three tiers in my view, but how you would get there in the short-term might be a bit trickier."

McStay continued: "Surely, there's a Lessons Learned Department somewhere in the bowels of Croke Park that look at these things logically, and coldly, and properly in the winter months.

"We've crossed the rubicon about another tier. It is now accepted. It's done, it's launched, it floated. Great. And there are improvements to it, and one of those improvements is [a third tier]. It can't be just Liam MacCarthy and Christy Ring [in hurling]. There's Nicky Rackards, and other bits and pieces.

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"Three would do the football just about nicely. There could be a 10, and two 12s."

Picture credits: Sportsfile

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