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spending power Wexford boss Davy Fitzgerald calls for inter-county budget cap 'to level the playing field'

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Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Davy Fitzgerald has made a plea to the GAA hierarchy to enforce a "cap" on inter-county spending in order to "level the playing field and have everyone on the same budget".

The Wexford hurling boss predicts that backroom teams will be greatly reduced amid Covid-19 restrictions and he is keen for that to be maintained in the future as some counties are at an "incredible" level of expenditure on inter-county preparations.

"Some counties are at a level that was incredible, some other counties...I know what our budget is and I think it's pretty okay. If you ask the Wexford chairman (Derek Kent), our budget is okay," Fitzgerald said.

"Everyone should be on the same budget, it should be around the same. I have a big backroom team but I can tell you, an awful lot of them are doing it for next to nothing, they're getting very little out of it. They're doing it because they love it. I would love to see that there would be a cap on what you could spend.

"If it's a few hundred thousand not going up into crazy money, then keep it at that. Even if things improve down the road in two or three years' time, I'd like seeing it where everybody was on a level playing field."

Fitzgerald, who was coach with his native Sixmilebridge as they secured back-to-back Clare SHC titles last Sunday, has also called for the GAA to make a U-turn on club championships and play provincial and All-Ireland campaigns early next year.

"It's definitely worth revisiting. If they get space in January and February, to run the Munster Club would probably take three weekends to run off, if they can do it, I do think every club would appreciate the chance.

"It's a long-standing tradition. I know that times are tough, but it makes it all the better if we can get through it. I believe that with every competition, if we can try and fit it in, I don't believe in shortening it or anything like that," Fitzgerald added.

Herald