Six-time All-Ireland winner Philly McMahon has admitted that men's Gaelic football is probably not ready for a female coach at inter-county level. 

Male coaches have long been dominant in the women's game, with many traversing easily between the men's and women's games. 

But while women like sport psychologist Caroline Currid have been hailed as important figures in men's All-Ireland winning teams, there has as of yet been no female manager of a men's inter-county side. 

McMahon, who is currently a performance coach with the Dublin camogie team, was speaking at a 'Women in Sport' conference held in association with the 20x20 campaign at Twitter's European headquarters in Dublin.  

The Dublin corner-back admitted that men's Gaelic football, in his opinion, may not be ready for a female coach, and doesn't at present see any woman out there who is on the cusp of taking the game to the next level.

"If' I'm being honest, probably not," he said when asked about the prospect of a women's coach in men's Gaelic football. 

"Gaelic football has become a very tactical game. It doesn't have the framework of coaching badges that soccer might have. 

"I do see a crossover Mick Bohan, who would have been a technical coach for us on the Dublin football men's team, and is now obviously coaching the women's team. 

"You can see he's definitely taken the skill levels of the Dublin women's football team to another level. 

"I don't see any female coaches out there that could tactically take the men's game to another level. Shoot me if I don't know if there's anyone out there. But I don't see it at the minute."  

Former Wexford camogie goalkeeper Mags D'Arcy is a member of Davy Fitzgerald's Wexford hurling backroom team, while Mayo star Fiona McHale is a coach with Claremorris.

Speaking at the event, RTÉ director general Dee Forbes reiterated the broadcaster's commitment to ensuring women's sport accounts for 20% of the broadcaster's output in 2020. 

"The World Cup this summer is proof of that and across the summer and into next year, whether it's rowing or camogie. We've committed to engaging in what could be described as a call to arms. And so we should."