Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

McCann hits out at 'amateur' claim

Lisburn Distillery boss Tim McCann has admitted he was disappointed to see the club chairman Jim Greer highlight the club's financial woes.

Greer said the club had cash-flow problems because not enough money was coming through the gate and relegation could force the Whites to become an amateur set-up.

McCann felt the negative comments were not helpful at a time when the club is fighting for its Premiership survival.

"I didn't want to read that and I was disappointed by it," said the former Cliftonville and Glentoran winger.

"I think any talk of this great club going down the amateur route should not be discussed at this point. The stature and history of the club is important and I don't feel we should be contemplating something like this, especially at a time when we are fighting to stay in the top flight and we all believe we can win that fight.

"Should we just all give up and walk away from this? What I want to hear is that the chairman and board are fully behind what we are doing and have every confidence in us. I wouldn't be the manager here if I was thinking we were doomed.

"I and my backroom team take a different view and I'm sure the players do as well. I don't want to hear about how the club is struggling financially. I'd rather see us all pulling in the one direction so we can get out of this situation.

"I know times are tough and the club has always been honest about payments but the best hope of us securing our financial future is by winning this relegation battle."

McCann takes his side to Linfield tomorrow knowing the Blues are staring down the barrel of a trophyless campaign.

"Any Linfield fans thinking David Jeffrey should not be the manager there anymore must have really short memories," added McCann. "It would be absolutely ludicrous for the club to make a decision like that. David is the best manager in the league. His record of six doubles in seven seasons is phenomenal. The fans should give him a break."

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