Published: 11:27 | 8/5/20

Perth issues rallying call


Dundalk boss Vinny Perth has urged all League of Ireland clubs to work towards a return to action as early as possible provided it is safe to do so.

There have been suggestions that live domestic football is unlikely to resume until September with top flight teams currently divided over the option of playing behind closed doors.

Clubs could return to action sooner if they agreed to lay matches behind closed doors. However, most rely heavily on gate receipts to survive and feel that a resumption of the league without spectators and the revenue that generates would be disastrous.

Speaking to Off The Ball, Perth urged clubs to consider all options before ruling anything out.   

"We're in the middle of a massive pandemic and health comes first,” he said.

"But there comes a point where people in sport have to be recognised in the sense that they are an industry  

"On May 18, building sites will reopen if they can adhere to social distancing.

"And within reason, sporting organisations have to look at getting back to work and protecting the industry as there are full-time jobs at stake.

"My concern is that some clubs have dismissed things so quickly. We're too quick in the League of Ireland to dismiss thinking outside the box.

"It's not for me to say why some clubs are dismissive of things that could work. They may not work but at least be open minded.”

However, Sligo Rovers treasurer Dave Rowe urged caution.

"All the clubs are in different positions,” he said.

"It's not that we have a fixation on playing or not, of course we want to play but it has to work from us from a business point of view.  

“We don't have substantial cash reserves. We don't want to run Sligo Rovers into the ground. It's a matter of financial survival.”

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