Declan Browne: Tipperary right to oppose Pauric Duffy plans

Tipperary’s new U21 boss Declan Browne has backed the county board’s decision to shoot down proposed new senior football championship proposals.

Premier County chiefs announced on Wednesday evening that they will not be supporting the revamp put forward by GAA Director General Pauric Duffy.

Tipp reached the All-Ireland semi-finals for the first time in 81 years this season but with a round-robin system proposed for the quarter-final stage, Browne feels the chances of a repeat performance would be diminished. Instead, he believes that a round-robin system could be introduced earlier in the season, in April or May, and fulfil an appetite for more games.

Browne is also against abolishing the provincial championships, acknowledging that a provincial title is still the Holy Grail for most counties. Browne said: “For the likes of ourselves, who haven’t won it in so long, it’s massive. The Waterfords, Wicklows and Longfords of this world, they would die for a provincial medal.

“Again, maybe it’s biased and you can only speak for yourself but for the likes of Kerry and Dublin, is a provincial medal worth as much as it was? Ulster is a minefield and there’s nearly a different winner every year and while Mayo got caught this year, up to that it was predictable.

“I’d like to see an open draw with a back door system then and liven it up but it’s all about revenue too and there are a lot of mitigating factors.”

Browne, however, is against Duffy’s plans to revamp the football championship – and hailed Tipperary officials for railing against them. He said: “I don’t see the merit in it for the weaker teams. Maybe we’re looking at it through rose-tinted glasses because Tipp and Clare are doing so well but I wouldn’t like to see a stage where you have to maybe win three or take three losses at that stage.”


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