Hagan calls for rethink on Championship structures

Manager Sean Hagan discusses tactics with selector Chris Carroll last Sunday in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada. Photo by Willie Donnellan
The long gap between championship games is something the GAA must address in the future, said Sean Hagan who admits it has been a challenge to keep players motivated even if it has had some unexpected benefits for the Leitrim squad.

The long gap between championship games is something the GAA must address in the future, said Sean Hagan who admits it has been a challenge to keep players motivated even if it has had some unexpected benefits for the Leitrim squad.

“We’re looking forward to the game but it has been a long time since our last game, six or seven weeks which is a very long time to keep the interest alive. It is something that should be looked at but I think the break we had for the Club scene and bringing in some young players and new faces into the squad has re-energised the team.”

And Sean also sees hope for Leitrim next Sunday after the performances of some of the teams Leitrim faced in this year’s Division 4.

“I think some teams put so much emphasis on winning their Provincial titles, some of the bigger teams have their aim only at winning a title that sometimes when they get knocked out, they find it a little difficult to get motivated for the Qualifiers where they surely have no hope of success.

“Longford had a great win over Derry, we have seen Fermanagh really put it up to Laois last weekend, London against Limerick and Tipperary and Waterford, both Division Four teams like ourselves, nearly pulled off a major shock last weekend against Cork and Kerry.”