Robbie Casey backs Newry City return
Former Newry City Captain Robbie Casey has expressed his joy to Newry Times at the news that the club is poised to make a comeback, just three months after Newry City FC Ltd was wound up and had its Irish FA membership terminated.
It is believed that the club are reforming under the name ‘Newry City 2012′. Negotiations with the IFA are ongoing but it is thought that the club will be allowed to apply for membership to the Mid-Ulster Intermediate B league next season.
The new club will not inherit any of the old debt from the now defunct Newry City FC Ltd and they will continue to use the Showgrounds as their home venue as the ground is owned by the club’s season ticket holders.
“I am delighted that Newry City are set to come back from the wilderness. It has been a tough year for everyone involved with the club,” Casey told Newry Times.
“There has been a lot of hard work going on in the background, work that nobody on the outside sees and work that none of them shout from the rooftops about. These are the people that wouldn’t let Newry go and they are the ones that deserve the credit.
Casey believes the new club will need patience, a long term vision and most importantly, support for the next manager.
He continued,“It will be a long hard road to get back to where they belong on the playing side of things. If they can get a manager in with a five year plan and stick with him, I think they will go from strength to strength.
“It shouldn’t be too difficult to attract players if they get the right manager in but whoever takes the job will need to start recruiting now. If he can gather the same squad together that was there at the end of September then he won’t be too far away.
Casey, a fan as well as an ex-player, can’t wait to get back to the Showgrounds and support the new club.
He added, “I would like to wish the club every success and can’t wait to get back down supporting them because this City should not be without a club playing senior football in Northern Ireland.
“Let’s all get behind the team and make sure that something like this never happens again.”
An open meeting will be held at The Showgrounds on Tuesday December 18th at 7.30pm when the details behind the move will be fully revealed and discussed.
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