Cork defender Tomas Clancy slams new Super 8 format

Cork defender Tomas Clancy slams new Super 8 format
Tomas Clancy, in action against Mayo. Picture: Matt Browne/SPORTSFILE

CORK defender Tomas Clancy and former All-Ireland winning manager Pete McGrath added their voices to the growing protests against the new Super 8 in football.

The All-Ireland quarter-finals, starting next season, will involve two pools of four with each team playing three matches, home, away and in Croke Park with the top two qualifying for the semi-finals.

“Club players are going to suffer massively, especially in a dual county like Cork,” said Clancy after Cork’s 1-14 to 0-9 league win over Fermanagh at Pairc Ui Rinn yesterday.

“It’s going to be difficult to manage, though we’ve no choice in the matter now. We just have to get on with it.

“It’s going to be more like the league, playing games every week which for a county player is a good thing.

“The league is one of the more enjoyable times in a season because you’re playing games every week. It’s the gap that kills you,” the Fermoy player commented.

Fermanagh boss McGrath, who guided his native Down to two All-Irelands in the 1990s, spoke against the change.

“I’m totally against it. It’s very elitist and is going to take the element of the unexpected even further out of the game. The underdog’s chances are going to be reduced even further.

“ It is sanitising the game too much in that sense. I was surprised that practically every county voted for it, even the smaller counties, which are going to suffer as a result of it.

“But it’s there now. It’s disappointing, but we’re just going to have to live with it,” he said.

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