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We’ll show Republic who’s tops, says Linfield boss

By Chris Holt

Published 15/09/2008

Linfield manager David Jeffrey has lashed out at those who laud the eircom League while looking down on our own top flight, by claiming that football down south is on a downward spiral.

The Blues go into tonight’s Setanta Sports Cup clash with Glentoran at Windsor Park, knowing that victory would edge them closer to a place in the semi-finals of the cross-border competition

But Jeffrey has hit out at the cash-rich League of Ireland and vented his anger at being made to feel like the poor relations of football on this island.

“It is vitally important that the Irish League has someone in the semi-finals,” he said.

“I am sick of being told how good the eircom League is.”

He added: “What annoys me a wee bit more is that we are being told how great the eircom League is.

“Yeah, it’s fantastic — where’s Shelbourne now? Cork are in examinership; Sligo Rovers owe 130,000 (euro); where’s Kildare; where’s Bray?

“People say it’s great but it will not be great for long.

“How many teams in Northern Ireland have gone bust? We had one a clatter of years ago (Omagh Town) and nearly Coleraine.

“There may be an awful lot wrong with us but at least we try and keep our house in order.

“Things like that get on my wick.”

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