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Big cutbacks so for Limerick. Will be difficult to increase their attendances while moving into the Market Fields
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Indeed PanteriA. And the one feckin season they needed to get off to a decent start on the field when the struggle with LEDP has been such a drag. I'm all support for long term structured development but can't understand why when they knew Markets Field was coming up they start ploughing scarce resources into the place in Bruff, which could prove to be a bottomless pit. 
Surely the more important immediate priority was to get a decent senior squad assembled in a well finished ground, given how we know how fickle sports fans are in this country, and having lived there Limerick is certainly not lacking in that regard. Exhibit A Munster Rugby I'm old enough to remember the days of Fred Cogley commentating with a man and a dog present.
Now there's a danger they'll end up not just with a hastily assembled, inexperienced and uninspiring squad but having left it until just days before Christmas to sign-off with a contractor, Market's Field won't be near ready for March. In fact, it won't be ready for May at the very earliest & they would be better off coming clean now and causing less annoyance both to the locals & to the rest of the League aswell when they inevitably announce on the eve of the season that they're still scraping paint off walls.
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Don't know much about Limerick F.C. but I'm sure they are no different to any other club in Ireland.  Pat O'Sullivan, a local businessman decides to pump a lot of his hard earned money into the club which one would hope, others would come on board to financially help the club and go from strength to strength.  Unfortunately in League of Ireland it doesn't work like that.  It's little wonder that businesspeople the country over are not jumping in to sponsor their local League of Ireland club.  It always seems to end in tears.

As in all regions of the country there are plenty of soccer supporters but if most of these who regularly fly over and back to watch foreign clubs playing devoted just part of their "soccer" time and money on their own local club, League of Ireland clubs would be more sustainable and would attract more Pat O'Sullivan who would stick with it for the long term.
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I can understand his frustration at the support levels not being what he was hoping for but surely a more staggered approach to his withdrawal of funds would have made more sense for the long term stability of the club rather then just turning around and saying that he's withdrawing his funds and letting staff members go (which he kindly omits to mention unless his last line is meant to be a reference to it) 
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Originally posted by ontheball ontheball wrote:

Don't know much about Limerick F.C. but I'm sure they are no different to any other club in Ireland.  Pat O'Sullivan, a local businessman decides to pump a lot of his hard earned money into the club which one would hope, others would come on board to financially help the club and go from strength to strength.  Unfortunately in League of Ireland it doesn't work like that.  It's little wonder that businesspeople the country over are not jumping in to sponsor their local League of Ireland club.  It always seems to end in tears.

As in all regions of the country there are plenty of soccer supporters but if most of these who regularly fly over and back to watch foreign clubs playing devoted just part of their "soccer" time and money on their own local club, League of Ireland clubs would be more sustainable and would attract more Pat O'Sullivan who would stick with it for the long term.
Hold up. Local businessmen getting involved in football and then pulling out is hardly unique to Ireland....
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Limerick FC will operate off one of the smallest budgets in the League of Ireland's Premier Division next season after their chairman confirmed that he will be implementing a series of cuts.
 

Having generously financed the club over the last six years, Pat O'Sullivan issued a statement yesterday outlining his policy change. Belt-tightening will be the new watchword at a club who were one of the league's highest spenders since returning to the top flight two years ago.

"The O'Sullivan family and their company, the club's main sponsor Galtee Fuels, have made it clear that they can no longer continue to fund the club to the level that they have in the past number of seasons," wrote O'Sullivan in his statement.

"My involvement began when Limerick FC called a public meeting on July 12, 2009.

"This meeting was to try to raise funds to keep the club alive as the then owner of senior soccer had given written instructions that unless financial support from the people of Limerick was given, then the club was to be closed down the following day.

"At this meeting I was the only person that stated that I was willing to give financial support.

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"With the reduction of the significant annual sponsorship that has been provided by Galtee Fuels and the O'Sullivan family over the past six years, this requires that the club must now learn to live within its means."

For manager Martin Russell the implications are serious. Having declined at least two job offers before accepting a role with Limerick, Russell now has to cut his cloth to suit, a skill he perfected during his four years in charge of UCD.

However, part of Limerick's attraction was their capacity to compete in the spending stakes. That strength is now gone. Russell, however, is not gone. He is willing to work within the new framework.

Similarly, O'Sullivan is also sticking around. "I am committed to ensuring the long-term sustainability of Limerick senior soccer, which brings many social benefits to our community," he wrote.

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Market's field not ready and won't be used for first two months, no alternative home secured

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Originally posted by nvidic nvidic wrote:

Market's field not ready and won't be used for first two months, no alternative home secured

farcical day for the LOI
 
 
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They'll have to find a temporary ground, a possible two months is too long to reverse fixtures.
Wonder how possible Thomond is?
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Originally posted by Madferret Madferret wrote:

Indeed PanteriA. And the one feckin season they needed to get off to a decent start on the field when the struggle with LEDP has been such a drag. I'm all support for long term structured development but can't understand why when they knew Markets Field was coming up they start ploughing scarce resources into the place in Bruff, which could prove to be a bottomless pit. 
Surely the more important immediate priority was to get a decent senior squad assembled in a well finished ground, given how we know how fickle sports fans are in this country, and having lived there Limerick is certainly not lacking in that regard. Exhibit A Munster Rugby I'm old enough to remember the days of Fred Cogley commentating with a man and a dog present.
Now there's a danger they'll end up not just with a hastily assembled, inexperienced and uninspiring squad but having left it until just days before Christmas to sign-off with a contractor, Market's Field won't be near ready for March. In fact, it won't be ready for May at the very earliest & they would be better off coming clean now and causing less annoyance both to the locals & to the rest of the League aswell when they inevitably announce on the eve of the season that they're still scraping paint off walls.

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Presume they'll go to Thomond until it's sorted alright but that's not going to be for free
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Was expecting this the pics have been up on the bohs.com for a while and its just a pitch with a shed on one side,was never going to be ready how the f**k did they get a licence for this season for that building site?.mad stuff and not what the league needs really.good few of our lot have been putting off making plans for the first game for a while now,anyone think the fixtures will just be reversed or will it go back to thomond for a bit?
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Originally posted by billyoung billyoung wrote:

Was expecting this the pics have been up on the bohs.com for a while and its just a pitch with a shed on one side,was never going to be ready how the f**k did they get a licence for this season for that building site?.mad stuff and not what the league needs really.good few of our lot have been putting off making plans for the first game for a while now,anyone think the fixtures will just be reversed or will it go back to thomond for a bit?
And to think that Delaney was pictured with a hard hat on him in said Shed LOL
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Fair play to O'Sullivan, by all accounts he has put his heart, soul, sweat & tears into Limerick FC and no little investment either so we shouldn't be too critical of him as there are sadly not enough like him in LOI. But back in October he was promising (always a dangerous thing to do in any walk of life) the ground would be ready for start of the season. http://www.limerickpost.ie/2014/10/01/limerick-chairman-hopes-for-markets-field-move-before-march/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
He was still insisting on that last week when interviewed. Perhaps he has been carried away by his own enthusiasm but he needs to learn a thing or two about managing people's expectations. I suppose people should be thankful he didn't go down the Tony Maguire "it''ll be 3 to 4 weeks lads" Press release strategy.

LEDP signed off on the contract just before Christmas. Works commenced 5 weeks ago in early January. 
Even if they had recruited 100 sub-contractors for the job, worked night & day and fed them Gold Blend Tea intravenously I don't know how anyone ever thought a small family construction company would have floodlights, groundworks, turnstiles, toilets, changing rooms, medical rooms, Officials rooms, Doping rooms, Admin facilities, Media facilities, entrance & egress, a 1,000 seat stand and second away stand and all associated ancillary works all completed in 7 weeks.
The LEDP statement today mentions "Health & Safety" as one of the key factors why the ground won't be ready. Give me a fcukin break and come clean with local people.

Limerick have a home game on May 16th with Cork City and they should aim for that as an ideal opener if possible. But they need to think things thru without any more rash press releases announcing another "Official opening" date only to have to more egg on their face. 

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Limerick FC are delighted to announce that we have tonight secured Jackman Park as a home venue for our forthcoming games.

The Limerick District Management Committee (LDMC) have given their full backing to keeping senior soccer in the city. The club are most grateful to the LDMC for their support, along with the Football Association of Ireland.

The club also take this opportunity to thank all of the sporting organisations inside and outside the city that made their stadiums available to us since we were informed that the Markets Field would not be ready for our opening games.

We are now looking forward to our first league match against Bohemians, which takes place at Jackman Park on Saturday 7 March.

The kick-off time has been brought forward to 6.30pm to facilitate away supporters who wish to travel to the game by train.

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Never did I think I'd see the words "delighted to secure" and "Jackman Park" in the same sentence. A handy leg over the fence for the half steamed objects arriving by train but location is about all it has going for it. And I guess the rent is less than Thomond.  

I wonder did Limerick at least seek to have their first 3 or 4 home games of the season reversed to bring them up to mid-May and the Officially "Official" Opening of the Markets.
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Originally posted by Doyler1993 Doyler1993 wrote:

Limerick FC are delighted to announce that we have tonight secured Jackman Park as a home venue for our forthcoming games.

The Limerick District Management Committee (LDMC) have given their full backing to keeping senior soccer in the city. The club are most grateful to the LDMC for their support, along with the Football Association of Ireland.

The club also take this opportunity to thank all of the sporting organisations inside and outside the city that made their stadiums available to us since we were informed that the Markets Field would not be ready for our opening games.

We are now looking forward to our first league match against Bohemians, which takes place at Jackman Park on Saturday 7 March.

The kick-off time has been brought forward to 6.30pm to facilitate away supporters who wish to travel to the game by train.

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Good idea for a bigger crowd. They should do that for Cork fans too as they normally out number the home support.
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