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Cash has to come first for clubs, says Glenavon boss Marty Quinn


Marty Quinn

Marty Quinn

Marty Quinn

Marty Quinn is happy to be gripped by Friday night fever, although he remains a “Saturday man”.

Glenavon travel to Newry City tonight to kick-off the weekend’s round of Carling Premiership fixtures, culminating in Monday night’s showdown between Glentoran and Linfield at the Oval.

The Lurgan Blues took on Portadown on a Friday evening earlier in the season as clubs bid to generate extra cash at the turnstiles to stay afloat.

In a difficult economic climate clubs have to break with tradition to secure their futures, but while Quinn doesn’t agree with the emergence of artificial surfaces, he is more than happy to sample a little Friday night fever.

“I think some clubs can get a better gate on a Friday evening and Newry City are one of the clubs who have recognised that,” he said.

“It allows a lot of people who are passionate about football to come to the games and if it can generate additional revenue for the clubs then we should embrace it.

“I’m a Saturday man at heart, but anything that improves the financial health of clubs in these times has to be welcomed.”

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The Lurgan Blues will take on City without star man Trevor Molloy who must serve a suspension.

“That’s a big loss for us,” added Quinn. “He has been one of our best players this season and chipped in with a few goals.

“But that’s football and we have to get on with it.”

Glenavon produced two solid performances against the ‘Big Two’ but lost both matches 1-0.

Any manager would be frustrated to walk away from a contest with nothing, but Quinn is remaining positive.

“For 27 minutes in the second-half against Linfield we played with 10 men and there was no difference between the teams,” added Quinn.

“The players worked very hard and they just came up against a goalkeeper in Alan Blayney who has come on leaps and bounds and was superb on the night. The big lad made some tremendous saves.”

Quinn is expecting a rough ride at the Showgrounds where Newry City have endured a frustrating start to the season.

“They’ll be disappointed with their start, but so are we, I know we can do better,” he added.

“Gerry Flynn will have his team playing in the right way, but we’ve seen from Ballymena’s great win at the Oval that nothing can be taken for granted and you under-estimate any team at your peril.

“Every team is capable of turning over their opponents, but we have to stay focused on our top six aspirations. I’m happy with the squad I have and I expect us to improve.”

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