Despite leading Tipperary to their first Munster SFC championship in 85 years, Premier County manager David Power thinks the provincial system has outlived its usefulness.

Tipp beat Cork last November to end a seven-year Kerry stranglehold on the the Munster crown. In Leinster, Dublin have won 15 of the last 16 titles.

Last year, the pandemic meant the All-Ireland football championship reverted to a straight knockout system, with semi-finals contested by the four provincial winners.

In 2021 there will be championship qualifiers for beaten teams that featured in Division 1 and 2, assuming the Allianz Football League goes ahead, with beaten Division 3 and 4 sides contesting the Tailteann Cup. 

Tipperary and Cavan will both start in Division 3 but are guaranteed a place in the Sam Maguire qualifiers as provincial holders.

Power, though, is looking ahead, with the GAA's annual congress set to vote next month on how the championship should be structured from 2022.

"I personally think the provincial system has to go," Power told Tipp Fm.

"I would have a Champions League-style format, where you're graded on your league standing and your top two go into the Sam Maguire Cup and your bottom two go into the Tailteann Cup.

"I think eventually that will happen because I think it's the only fair way of having teams graded."

Two options are set to be voted on at congress but neither correspond exactly to Power's vision .

In the first, counties would move from Leinster (3) and Ulster (1) to Connacht and Munster, in order to form four balanced eight-team 'provinces', which would then be subdivided into two groups of four teams based on league positions. Fourth-place finishers from Division 3 and 4 would then play in the Tailteann Cup. 

In the second option, counties would qualify for the knockout Sam Maguire or Tailteann Cups based on their league finishing positions, with the provincial championships effectively becoming pre-season tournaments.

The former idea was a clear favourite in feedback received by the GAA's national fixtures review task force, but if neither get the required 60% approval at congress then the system could revert to the 'Super 8s' format of 2018-19, the qualifier system that returns for 2021.