Belfast Telegraph

Coyle wants to see more investment in local game

By Graham Luney

Roy Coyle has called for serious financial investment in domestic football to halt its steady decline.

The former Linfield and Glentoran boss says facilities must be transformed and stadiums refurbished or completely rebuilt to entice more supporters through turnstiles.

Windsor Park is getting a major makeover but despite gradual improvements in grounds across the country, stadiums look tired and lack a family atmosphere.

Coyle, who lifted 47 trophies in total in charge of Belfast's Big Two, says facilities must be modernised.

"There has to be more investment in our grounds and the lack of that funding is the reason why we are where we are," said Glens Director of Football Coyle.

"When supporters go to matches in England they get a much better matchday experience as they can visit museums and enjoy other forms of entertainment.

"We have tired old stadiums and we aren't giving the fans what they want.

"Considerable investment is needed to give our product a chance of thriving.

"We aren't doing enough to entice fans through turnstiles and the venues themselves could be a lot better.

"A move to summer football may help us revitalise the game but it's clear our stadiums need improved."

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