Dublin manager Anthony Daly would like to see a return to an eight-team Division One in hurling.
As his Dublin team prepares to lock horns with Tipperary in this weekend’s league semi-final, having already booked their return to Division 1A for next year, Daly joins the growing chorus of voices calling for an end to the elite six-team top division:
“I don’t really know why they changed it in the first place, I thought it just needed a bit of tweaking,” the Clare man told The Irish Times.
“I think we’d struggle with ten teams. You’d be looking at nine weekends and if you got a bad run of weather, it would be a bad idea.
“There’s no easy solution for hurling but I’m in favour of eight teams, although one up, one down is too tight. You relegate two from Division One, with two coming up to replace them.
“Either have two up and two down or relegate the bottom team, promote the top team in Division Two and then have the second from bottom team in Division One play-off against the second team in Division Two for top flight status.
“You don’t need a Division Two final – the top team wins the league, gets promoted and is into a league semi-final, joining the top three in Division One. There’s no need for quarter-finals, like they’re suggesting for next year.
“Four from Division 1B will contest a quarter-final next year so that means the third from bottom team in 1B is fighting for survival but could still end up in the quarter-final of the national league. That makes no sense.”