The GAA should have scheduled the Tailteann Cup decider on the same day as the All-Ireland football final, says Oisín McConville.

The details of the new competition for Division 3 and 4 teams, who do not reach their provincial final, were released by the GAA yesterday.

It also proposed that counties who have won the previous year's provincial crowns go into the Sam Maguire qualifiers, regardless of whether or not they are in the bottom two divisions.

While McConville believes that the GAA has done extremely well to complete this year's championships and deliver a plan for 2021, he said it has missed a trick in the timing of the final, which will be played as a curtain-raiser to an All-Ireland hurling semi-final on 26/27 June.

A previous iteration of a second tier competition, the Tommy Murphy Cup, died off after four years due to a lack of interest in 2008.

"The Tailteann Cup is something that has been called for," McConville, a former All-Ireland winner with Armagh, told RTÉ Sport.

"We might even need another tier in time: junior, intermediate and senior as the club [structure] has.

"Significantly, we need to market this and sell it really well to the Division 3 and 4 teams.

"The fact that we are going to play the final on an All-Ireland hurling semi-final weekend is probably not ideal.

"If we are going to market it properly it needs to be played on All-Ireland [football] final day as a pre-cursor to the main event.

"We have to be careful how we introduce it so this is a big year for the Tailteann Cup and we’ll see how it goes but for those teams in Divisions 3 and 4 it is a genuine opportunity to achieve and win something and try and build that way."