Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Derry City rule out Irish League move

After days of ex-players, managers and supporters calling for Derry City to return to the Irish League, chairman Pat McDaid has dismissed the dream.

Earlier this week, former Candystripes and Glentoran striker Liam Coyle insisted a return to the likes of Windsor Park, the Oval and Seaview would resolve their much documented financial problems.

“It makes sense to go back and play in the country they are in,” admitted Coyle.

However Mr McDaid doesn’t believe a return to the Irish League could solve their money matters.

“There are no thoughts at all of us returning to the Irish League,” he said. “As we see it we are a member of the League of Ireland and a proud member of the League of Ireland.

“An awful lot of talk and debate around returning to the Irish League has centred around our current financial difficulties as opposed to any genuine desire to return to the Irish League.

“I, as chairman and as a board, we don’t feel there is exactly a great wave of opinion in favour of us returning to the Irish League for Derry City Football Club and it’s certainly not something which is on our agenda at this point in time.”

In fact it’s believed that McDaid and some of the Brandywell board are meeting with the FAI today in an attempt to secure in advance, ‘place money’ for a third or fourth spot finish in the league.

“At this point in time we are working on the basis that we can resolve our difficulties and we are very much aiming to be in the Premier Division in the League of Ireland next season.

“We also hold out hopes of actually qualifying for Europe next season. As I have already said we are a very proud member of the League of Ireland, we went into the League of Ireland in 1985 and we don’t forget the fact that we were welcomed with open arms.”

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