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Dundalk focused on football despite €14m prize


Stephen Kenny. Photo: Sportsfile

Stephen Kenny. Photo: Sportsfile

Stephen Kenny. Photo: Sportsfile

Dundalk insist that a hunger to succeed, and not money, is their motivation as they prepare to face Legia Warsaw tonight in the biggest game in history for a League of Ireland club.

Should Stephen Kenny's side get past Legia Warsaw and into the group stages of the Champions League, the Co Louth club would bank at least €14million, even before a ball is kicked in the competition, a financial haul which dwarfs the €11m which the FAI pocketed for Euro 2016.

Dundalk have already sold almost 25,000 tickets for tonight's home leg and Tallaght man Kenny hopes to see an even bigger crowd at the Aviva Stadium tonight. The Dundalk players would be in line for an overall €100,000 bonus if they to get past Legia and into the group phase, but defender Andy Boyle says that cash is not on their agenda.

"We have left all that aside, it's not a factor for us at all, the money side of things will look after itself and there's no need for us to get involved, we have enough on our plates with all the games we have to play to start worrying about money and bonuses," says Boyle.

"We know we'll be ok, no one is even talking about it. If we do get into the Champions League group stages it's all about the football and the chance to progress, not the finance. That's our focus now."