Leitrim football boss Terry Hyland says he "can't see football with large crowds being played this year".

The GAA admitted yesterday that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic meant it was "highly unlikely" that All-Ireland football and hurling Championship games would begin before July. 

However, Cavan native Hyland believes that inter-county games are unlikely to resume until the autumn, if at all.

"I don't know how they're going to allow crowds or allow 30 guys into a dressing-room," Hyland told Ocean Fm.

"Once crowd restrictions went in and (social) distancing went in, I think that's going to be the case until you have a vaccine. 

"The can will just be kicked down the road further, it's just a matter of knowing how far down the road they can kick it.

"This lingering, hanging on, and even talking about sticking in two rounds of the National League after the first round of the Championship, to me it's nonsense."

Counties are trying to keep players in shape by giving them individual programmes but Hyland said it would be better to accept there would be no games for months and give players a break.

He suggested that the GAA could restart club championships in August or September, if possible, before moving on to "some type of a (inter-county) Championship" after that, behind closed doors if necessary.

"The only way I can see it is in the back end of the year, maybe October/November.

"I can't see football with large crowds being played this year".