Wednesday 28 September 2016

Irish manager to miss his team's crucial Champions League clash - because he is on holidays

Published 30/06/2015 | 18:42

Crusaders go into action tonight in a crucial Champions League clash that could end up netting them a few quid, but there will be one notable absentee when the Northern Ireland team meet Levadia Tallinn at Seaview.

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Their manager Stephen Baxter seems to have more pressing matters in hand as he is away at a pre-booked family holiday.

"Crues boss Stephen Baxter will miss their UCL match tonight due to a family holiday. Two consecutive years this has happened Baxter now," wrote Irish League Mole on Twitter.

"Crusaders Manager Stephen Baxter missing for tonights game as he is currently away on a family holiday #MagicofTheCup," wrote another while @Bazzinho9 was slightly more scathing, writing: "Stephen Baxter missing a Champions League game because he's on holiday is f****** utterly embarrassing. I'd be raging if it was Tommy B."

Assistant Jeff Spiers will take control of the Northern Ireland lads while Baxter is sunning himself for tonight's match.

Magic of the Cup indeed.

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