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Mayo unlikely to back ‘Proposal B’

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FEEDBACK Mayo GAA secretary Dermot Butler

Michael Gallagher

IT seems likely that Mayo will not back any radical changes to the All-Ireland football championship structures at next weekend’s Special Congress in Croke Park.
Mayo GAA chiefs took soundings from club chairpersons and secretaries last week, and judging by comments made by Mayo manager James Horan yesterday (Monday), it seems that the four Mayo votes will not be cast in favour of the proposed new league-championship format — ‘Proposal B’.
Horan said that while ‘Proposal B’ looked solid it did have flaws, and he said he believed that it was important not to rush into a scenario where tweaks would be needed to the new format.
“Some guys who are battering away in Division 1 won’t get a crack at Sam Maguire whereas the winners of Divisions 3 and 4 will, even though they are playing to a much different standard. I’m not sure that’s right. If things are left as is I am okay with that and if there is a slight tweak I am okay with that too but they should not rush into it.”
Mayo GAA secretary Dermot Butler said the county board received feedback from clubs over the past week, with a number of different views expressed. However, he said the fact that not all Division 1 teams would compete in the All-Ireland championship under ‘Proposal B’ was not popular.
“We all agree that the lop-sided games we currently see in inter-county championship does nothing for anyone and this needs to be addressed,” he told The Mayo News last night. “However, if the league-championship format is adopted in its current form then Mayo could win the Connacht title and not compete for Sam Maguire. How many times have we been struggling for league survival on the last day of the league yet reached the final stages of championship? That would not be possible under the proposed new format.”
The Mayo News understands that Mayo’s senior football squad have informed County Board officials that they are in favour of ‘Proposal B’.

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