John Horan is facing into his three-year term as GAA President with a long to-do list. The Dubliner will guide the association in the coming years, in what will undoubtedly be a challenging period for the GAA.
One of the main concerns is just how non-competitive elements of the football championship are becoming. The topic of a tiered championship is taboo in certain quarters, as many have aired justifiable fears that lack of proper coverage and correct promotion could lead to it being an afterthought.
However, speaking to Conor McKeon in today’s Herald, Horan stated that it is a goal of his to bring in a tiered championship when the format is up for review in his final year.
“I would have hopes that we would end up with a two-tiered senior football championship. That would be one of my ambitions.
“I think if we put it together properly, we may get engagement. I think the previous attempt to put together such a competition didn’t come to fruition.
“So as part of that review in three years’ time, I would hope that we will end up with a two-tiered competition.” Via Independent.ie.
Given the lack of competitive provincial championships in recent years, most are in agreement that change should come in one form or another. However, convincing some of the developing counties that playing in a second tier is in their best interests will be a real challenge for Horan and Co. if they are to successfully implement such a system.