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Devine looks to Germans for hope


Declan Devine

Declan Devine


Declan Devine

Derry City boss Declan Devine says the League of Ireland should look to the Bundesliga's planned resumption this week to clear a path for a return to action in the League of Ireland.

The top two divisions in Germany are due to resume next weekend while the next date on the calendar for sport in Ireland is next Monday, when very limited training, in groups of no more than four, could take place but match action will not happen until late July.

"Germany will be the one. They're spending huge amounts of money on testing - is that feasible in Irish football? I'm not sure," Devine told the Derry Journal.

"The Bundesliga is worth so much money to the German economy but it's different here. We're fighting day to day to survive. So you have to make sure everything works out for the benefit of the football club and players. But a lot of clubs and leagues will be looking at Germany to see how they respond."

His club would be included in a mooted four-team tournament, involving the clubs due to play in European competition this summer, behind closed doors at the Aviva Stadium.

"Ultimately we want to make sure we get back to playing football as soon as possible but it has to be in a safe environment," he said.

"The FAI are talking about every club having a Covid-19 officer who will liaise all the issues. Every club has a doctor anyway. This is bigger than football and we have to make sure everybody is safe."