Monday 11 November 2019

Clubs won't be asked to take 'leap of faith', insists Lucid

Waterford finished the season in style (stock photo)
Waterford finished the season in style (stock photo)
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Clubs from both sides of the border held positive talks last night about the proposed formation of an all-island league.

Over 30 clubs were represented at a meeting of stakeholders in Dundalk that discussed bringing tech entrepreneur Kieran Lucid's idea to the next level.

They have been asked to provide data to Dutch company Hybercube who have extensive experience in designing league competitions for UEFA and around Europe.

Pieter Nieuwenhuis from Hypercube addressed the meeting along with Lucid and Oliver Weingarten, an Englishman who has worked as legal and commercial executive with the Premier League.

Former FA General Secretary Alex Horne has also been advising Lucid's working group and made a contribution by video link.

No votes were taken at a meeting with delegates urged to go back to their clubs with the information they were given with a view to more detailed discussions later this year.

Lucid told the meeting there had been constructive talks with the Irish government and he is confident of securing an attractive commercial deals if clubs commit to the project.

"We made it very clear to the clubs that we will not be asking them to take a leap of faith, nor make significant decisions immediately," said Lucid.

"However, we have asked them to engage in the process, and join us on the journey as we seek to translate the clear goodwill for the All-Island League concept into a tangible, well-funded and unique model that will the reinvigorate the all-island club game."

On the pitch tonight, Derry need a point to secure the final European spot against a Finn Harps team whose focus is likely to be on the upcoming relegation play-off against the winner of tonight's second leg between Drogheda and Cabinteely at United Park. Should Derry lose, St Pat's can pip them by beating Dundalk.

Irish Independent

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