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Coleraine out to go full-time and play over summer: chief

 

Colin McKendry
Colin McKendry

By Graham Luney

Coleraine are hungry to introduce full-time football and play over the summer months, according to chairman Colin McKendry.

While the Bannsiders step up the hunt for a new manager following the departure of Rodney McAree, Irish League clubs are discussing the merits of moving the domestic campaign to incorporate summer football with the aim of improving performances in Europe and developing a more professional set-up.

Crusaders, Larne, Linfield and Glentoran believe in a full-time model and McKendry would like to see Coleraine take a similar journey.

"NIFL and the Irish FA are forward thinking in looking at the change of season and they have my support," he said.

"We are a part-time club looking at becoming more professional.

"Clubs are looking at full-time models and we've got to go down that route. It doesn't happen overnight but you need the facilities and financial resources to implement it."

A steering group established by the Premiership management committee is consulting with clubs and seeking an agreement on the best way forward regarding any change to the domestic campaign.

McKendry added that Coleraine have not ruled out an internal appointment as they seek a successor to McAree.

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