Limerick FC’s cunning plan to coax Greek players to Shannonside

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By Kevin Murphy

A Greek football exodus to Irish shores maybe on the cards after the Limerick FC Chairman had a brainwave to rescue his club from SSE Airtricity League relegation.

Limerick Chairman Pat O’Sullivan has come up with a plan to bring Greek footballers to the banks of the Shannon after a winless run of 19 games this season.

O’Sullivan came up with the idea for the new recruitment policy from the comfort of his own home.

Speaking to Morning Ireland he said: “I was watching Shirley Valentine at home with my wife Helen and I’m saying the Greeks are technically very good at football.

“Austerity has to have had an effect and football must be suffering. So why not look at that?

“I got my daughter Pam to google the Greek Players Union and we made contact through that. I emailed them and told them what we were looking for.

“They have sent us details of certain players.We have spoken to the individual players and the terms and conditions we have agreed.

“Now we have to look at bringing them for trials when we are ready to do that. It has to be done and in place by the end of this month.

“If I can find players do a job for me in Limerick, particularly in the short-term and possibly in the long-term, the Irish go to England and different countries so why can’t the Greeks come here.”

O’Sullivan revealed the players are of a high calibre with some having international experience, and said that if manager Martin Russell is satisfied, the players will be signing.

“They have to be a quality of a player that will give us what we need in our team and that the manager has to be happy with.”

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