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Whelan calls for rethink of national leagues

Updated: Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 16:32 | Comments

Ciarán Whelan said Dublin vs Meath clashes had lost some of their intensity
Ciarán Whelan said Dublin vs Meath clashes had lost some of their intensity

Former Dublin star Ciarán Whelan has called for the end to the national league in a bid to revitalise the championship.

Whelan is reported in the Irish Independent as having said, “There is a staleness and, to be frank about it, the football championship this year hasn’t been great.”

Whelan proposed a major change to the league and championship format.

“I’m in favour of replacing the national leagues with provincial leagues and having your provincial title handed out in April,” he said.

He proposed a Champions League-style approach following these provincial leagues, wherein the top five teams from each province would be placed in to groups, and would play each other on a home and away basis.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's Leinster SFC final between Dublin and Meath, Whelan suggested that the clash of the old rivals had lost its edge.

“Pre back-door, Dublin-Meath games probably took on a different level, the intensity was probably a lot higher,” he told the Irish Mirror, though he did say that it was still a “special rivalry”.

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