The majority of inter-county managers are in favour of playing the All-Ireland senior football and hurling championships behind closed doors, if it was the only way to complete the summer showpieces.

RTÉ Sport contacted 40 of the 41 managers due to compete in this year's provincial championships and asked them each: "If it is the only way to complete the 2020 Championships, would you be in favour of playing all matches behind closed doors?"

Twenty-one managers responded in the affirmative, saying they would be in favour of playing the championship behind closed doors.

Thirteen were opposed to the suggestion, while a further six said that they did not know.

All the managers were insistent that any return to play or even training would have to follow strict HSE guidelines, tests would have to be carried out if required and players would demand guarantees that they could return to their families in a safe manner.

  Yes No Don't Know
Football 16 12 2
Hurling 5 1 4
Total 21 13 6

The 40 polled were the managers of each county in four provincial football championships, apart from Tyrone, London and New York, and the managers of the 10 counties in the Leinster and Munster hurling championships

The possibility of the Championships being played this summer seems more remote than ever, after GAA president John Horan went on RTÉ Radio 1's Today with Sean O'Rourke programme and slammed the Government's tentative plans for a return to training.

Horan suggested the association would prioritise the return of club matches and said there was a possibility the 2020 championships could be completed in 2021.

The Premier League, UEFA and other football competitions are mulling over a return behind closed doors, with other sports internationally also demanding comprehensive testing and the isolation of teams and support staff if necessary.

With doubts surrounding Ireland's ability to scale up testing to 100,000 per week and Horan reiterating the amateur status of county stars, it is unlikely inter-county GAA will return in the short-term.

"We're an amateur sport. I know there's a lot of speculation that professional sports like rugby and soccer may come back here in Ireland and overseas, but that's probably in the sense that they've cocooned their players," Horan told O'Rourke.

The GAA's tentative return date of July already looks optimistic, but the association at least knows that the largest cohort of inter-county managers are willing to play matches behind closed doors, which would be a first for football and hurling.

Hurling managers are divided between enthusiastic and unsure, with five of the 10 competing in Munster and Leinster championships in favour, only one opposed, and four declaring they do not know.

In comparison, 16 of the football managers were in favour, with 12 opposed and two declaring they do not know.

Tyrone senior football manager Mickey Harte was not contacted.

Additional reporting by Brian Carthy, Paraic Lodge & Marty Morrissey