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I'm not scared of away day run: Derry boss Kenny Shiels

By Eoin Wilson

Published 12/01/2016

Keeping cool: Kenny Shiels has no fixture fears
Keeping cool: Kenny Shiels has no fixture fears

Kenny Shiels insists he has no problem should Derry City be forced to play the final three months of the forthcoming League of Ireland season away from home.

Playing 12 consecutive away games to close out the season is an option currently being explored by the Candystripes hierarchy, after Derry City Council announced that redevelopment work on the Brandywell will finally begin in July.

The programme of works released by the council shows that Derry City will have a new stadium in time for the 2017 season, but will however be without the Brandywell for the last three months of the 2016 season.

Options being considered are brief stays at Finn Harps' Ballybofey ground or Maginn Park in Buncrana, while a more dramatic consideration is to play the last 12 league games, plus cup games, away from home.

That would mean the Candystripes playing a similar number of consecutive games at home in the first half of the season before they spend three months on the road.

The current plans mean that alternative arrangements would have to be made for home league games against St. Patrick's Athletic, Cork City, Galway United, Shamrock Rovers, Bohemians and Sligo Rovers. However, despite all the problems which could arise, manager Kenny Shiels is not concerned.

"I don't mind that because you have to play teams home and away anyway," he explained.

"Everybody wants to make excuses but we'll play them as they come and if we have to play a sequence of home games in one part of the season and then a sequence of games away from home then that's ok.

"We'll prepare for each game and whether it's home or away we must prepare properly.

"It's only six games so it's not the end of the world. If you're doing an extension to the house you have to make sacrifices and we shouldn't complain; we should look at the future and at the benefits it will bring. Sometimes you have to leave the comfort zone to get on in life."

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