Saturday 24 August 2019

Northern Irish League confirms cross-border talks

Former Ireland manager Brian Kerr. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Former Ireland manager Brian Kerr. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

The Northern Irish Football League (NIFL) has confirmed it has held talks with the group pushing plans for an all-island league.

Kerryman Kieran Lucid is driving plans to merge the League of Ireland and Irish League, with the Irish Independent revealing that Lucid has been invited to speak at an FAI forum next month.

Former Ireland manager Brian Kerr is also involved with Lucid's plan.

The NIFL released a statement yesterday to state that their administration had met with the "architects" of the plan.

They said the purpose was to "keep informed of the proposal rather than receive information third hand from clubs who have held discussions with the group.

"The NI Football League have held no formal discussion on the matter as there is no formal proposal to consider. If, and until, a proposal is provided and given consideration by the NI Football League and club representatives, there will be no further comment on this matter," the statement read.

Lucid and some of his colleagues have engaged with clubs on both sides of the border to outline the vision. He has also met with politicians who were impressed by the level of detail.

However, all parties recognise there is a long road to travel before the idea can get off the ground.

Linfield chairman Roy McGivern described the idea as "interesting" but said "it has many obstacles to overcome".

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