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Irish FA chief backs league season tweak to boost European chances

Irish FA chief Patrick Nelson.
Irish FA chief Patrick Nelson.

Irish Football Association chief executive Patrick Nelson has backed extending the Danske Bank Premiership season to give clubs a better chance of European success.

The Northern Ireland Football League has consulted clubs and supporters on the prospect of tweaking the Irish League calendar.

While most clubs are firmly against a switch to summer football, a mid-winter break while extending the season into June is a realistic option.

Nelson said: “We think that tweaking the season is a great idea.

“It will give our clubs a much better chance to compete in Europe because they will already be in their season when they play their European matches.

“Our main aim is to ensure that club are well into the season when the European games start at the end of June.

“It’s a matter for NIFL but we would encourage them very much to make that move.”

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