Shirley Valentine has inspired Limerick to seek a Greek bailout!
Published 15/07/2015 | 11:18
Limerick boss Pat O'Sullivan is turning to Greece for inspiration as he tries to ignite his team's season and give the Treaty men some hope of avoiding relegation from the Airtricity League Premier Division.
Sullivan's men look doomed after a run of 19 games without a win sees them planted to the bottom of the League table and a full 10 points adrift of Derry City.
And Sullivan revealed how watching the movie Shirley Valentine triggered a brainwave.
“I need to bring in quality players now to help us get out of where we are at. I don't see them in Ireland," Sullivan told RTE Sport.
"So I am looking around. We can't get them from England, I would love to see the English windows match in Ireland because there is an awful lot of young players that come free in England at the end of their season and we can't sign them until July.
“And then the English season is open again so then we lose that chance generally.
“So what do we do? I'm sitting at home, I'm watching Shirley Valentine the other night with my wife Helen and I'm saying the Greeks are technically very good at football, austerity has to (have) had (an effect) and football must be suffering. So why not look at that?
“They are Europeans so why not look at them as regards looking at any other country. So, what we did was I got my daughter Pam to Google and find the players union in Greece and emailed them and told them what we were looking for. They have sent us details of certain players.
“We have spoken to the individual players and the terms and conditions we have agreed. Now we have to look at bringing them for trials when we are ready to do that which has to be done and in place by the end of this month. If I can find players do a job for me in Limerick, particularly in the short-term and possibly in the long-term, the Irish go to England and different countries so why can't the Greeks come here.”