Monaghan football boss Seamus McEneaney has joined the criticism of the experimental rules currently being utilized in the National Leagues. McEneaney said, “I don’t think the new rules are good for Gaelic football. The competitiveness and the manliness of the game have gone. There hasn’t been one decent hit in the five games we’ve played in the McKenna Cup and National League this year nor in any of the games I’ve watched. “Players are afraid to tackle — they’re going to be sitting on the sidelines. My mind hasn’t changed at all. There may be a lot more scores, but the real cut-and-thrust and competitive edge is not there in the game. “We’ve been brought up in an era where the GAA is seen as a manly game — you get decent tackles and decent hits. There is nothing better about our sport. A decent hit will create an even better atmosphere than a decent score. “We can’t afford to lose the physicality of our games. It’s not even up for negotiation with me. You get the odd manager that’s for these new rules, but the general consensus out there, especially among midfielders and defenders, is that they are a disaster.
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