Cork manager Ronan McCarthy says knock-out championship is “ridiculous”

“I thought it was ridiculous last year and I think it is worse this year that there is no backdoor for teams.”

Cork Gaelic football manager Ronan McCarthy has criticised the GAA’s decision to play a straight knock-out football championship.

This will be the second year in a row where teams who lose won’t get a second chance and McCarthy is not a fan of the format.

Speaking to the Irish Examinerthe Cork boss voiced his frustration with the situation.

Cork knocked Kerry out of the 2020 championship.

“I said last year that there should have been a backdoor. I thought it was ridiculous last year and I think it is worse this year that there is no backdoor for teams,” McCarthy said.

“You look at Barry O’Hagan and Caolan Mooney from Down, just as an example. They played their hearts out for their county on Sunday, gone now for the rest of the season.

“There was a lack of imagination. Surely the way to do it was to have no promotion or relegation in the League and let teams go away and play their three matches. Go straight into championship then two weeks later, with a backdoor.”

Ronan McCarthy finds the championship format baffling.

McCarthy can’t understand how the GAA opted to run with the intense knock-out format because he thinks it will lead to more players picking up injuries.

“What I find amazing is that Croke Park’s own report showed that the cost of the injury scheme last year, in a shortened GAA season, was nearly what it was for a normal season,” he said.

“To then expect football teams to have four weeks of preparation to play four games in five weeks, each of them a must-win game, it just baffles me, to be honest.”

Cork footballers face Limerick in the Munster championship semi-final on the 10th of July.

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