Former UCD and Shamrock Rovers midfielder Paul Corry feels League of Ireland clubs are risking the loss of public interest amid disagreements over the format for the resumption of the season.
While he felt it was "positive news" that the FAI Board approved the format for the resumption of the League of Ireland on 31 July following the hiatus caused by the coronavirus, Corry feels the disagreements over recent weeks between stakeholders has highlighted continuing problems within the domestic game.
"For a long time now, we've had a problem whereby we have a number of different parties, whether it be clubs, committees or the previous FAI regime or officials, and everybody just seems to be pulling in different directions," he told RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland.
"It's really holding the domestic game back. When I spoke to you just over three weeks ago, the clubs couldn't agree to resume play because they felt that the financial support was not there in place to see them through until the end of the season.
"Now we've obviously had the state aid come in and support come in from FIFA and the clubs can't agree to the format - particular reference to how many teams can get promoted and relegated given the shorter season.
"And for me it's just a bit of a sad state of affairs that we can't get everybody pulling in the one direction for the good of the game."
Corry added that while he understands that each club will be mindful of their own individual interests, "they're holding the game back and in serious danger of losing public interest and public opinion".
"There are players, managers and football fans in this country who want and need to see a resumption on 31 July."