Sunday 21 January 2018

Gavin optimistic on Dundalk

AIRTRICITY LEAGUE director Fran Gavin has revealed that the powers that be at Dundalk FC are becoming more positive about emerging from their perilous financial position, WRITES Ruaidhri O'Connor.

But he warned stricken clubs there is only so much the FAI can do to help, stressing that they must get their houses in order.

The Lilywhites have been put up for sale by owner Gerry Matthews after a season in which their gates have fallen substantially. The club's players were forced to defer a week's wages last month, while fans have launched a 'Save Our Club' campaign in order to get through to the end of the season.

"I had a meeting with Gerry Matthews and (general manager) Paul Johnson," he said yesterday.

"When we met the board a few weeks ago there was a lot of doom and gloom around the club. They are optimistic now, they are still in a difficult position but they are in a better place than they were a few weeks ago and they'd be confident of hopefully seeing it out to the end of the season.

And they are getting huge support from around the area. They are more optimistic than they were a few weeks ago.

"Anything we can assist with, we'll do it. They have a friendly coming up against Chelsea, which will make some revenue for them." Gavin also revealed that Monaghan owe the association approximately €130,000 in fees and reiterated that their demise came as a shock to him.

"It came as a surprise. Monaghan's crowds were up," he said. "Their gates were up about 150pc.

"One of the things that was disappointing in the statement was that they said they hadn't got support from the league and the FAI. Nothing could be further from the truth with Monaghan.They owe the FAI about €130,000. That's outstanding and it's based around affiliation fees and the referees fees, which we pay for them.

"So there has been huge assistance."

Irish Independent

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