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Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill: Irish League clubs need a new attitude


Man with a plan: Michael O'Neill

Man with a plan: Michael O'Neill

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Man with a plan: Michael O'Neill

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill wants Irish League clubs to adopt a more professional approach and switch to play summer football so that they can be more successful in Europe.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph, O'Neill insisted that our local teams should be striving to emulate the feats of League of Ireland side Dundalk, who play Polish outfit Legia Warsaw tonight in a money-spinning tie which will end with the winners reaching the Champions League group stages.

O'Neill, who guided Northern Ireland to the Euro 2016 finals and took Dubliners Shamrock Rovers into the Europa League group stages five years ago, is frustrated that so many Irish League teams are knocked out of Europe so early.

He said: "The only way our sides have a chance of improving in Europe is for our clubs to work on a more full-time basis and to play summer football."

Belfast Telegraph