Relegation "a catastrophe" for either Offaly or Kerry

June 11, 2019

Laois manager Eddie Brennan. ©INPHO/Bryan Keane.

Eddie Brennan says relegation will be catastrophic for the losers of Saturday’s Joe McDonagh Cup clash of Kerry and Offaly.

The losers of the crunch Round Five game at Austin Stack Park will be demoted to hurling’s third tier and will take part in the 2020 Christy Ring Cup.

“Would it be a catastrophe if Offaly dropped back? As a hurling person, I would say, yes, it would,” the Laois manager told The Irish Examiner.

“But, equally, I would say that it would be a catastrophe if Kerry dropped back. It is disappointing as there are a lot of really good players in both counties. You don’t want to see either team drop.

“You’d like to see teams who are making a genuine effort, like Kerry, get up there, and Offaly have work to do, obviously so for either team to drop back now, it is not good. The tiered system is the fairest way of going about it, though.”

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