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New League of Ireland structure in doubt as clubs reject the ten team leagues

According to Neil O’Riordan in his piece in the Sun last night, it would seem that the new League of Ireland structural changes are in doubt due to only four clubs favouring the change.

In the article (read here) it mentions that Drogheda United, Galway United, Bohemian FC, Cork City, Finn Harps and now Bray Wanderers are not in favour of the restructuring of the league in 2018.

The Premier Clubs Alliance (a group that represents the Premier Division) will now meet on Monday to discuss the matters further.

Speaking to The Sun, Bray Wanderers chairman Denis O’Connor said this about the situation, “I’m relatively new to this but from talking to a lot of people there is a lot of unhappiness. The stakes have become higher in the Premier Division, budgets have gone up and, now all of a sudden, 25 per cent of its members will be ­relegated and will carry that burden down.

“I come from a financial ­background and commercially that’s illogical. When you’ve players ­telling you it’s wrong you need to listen.”

The clubs in favour were Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers, Derry City, St Patrick’s Athletic & Sligo Rovers.

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