BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport
THE IRN-BRU Cup was not broke, so why fix it?
That is the view of Edinburgh City boss James
Even with a travel allowance of £4,000, City will be substantially out of pocket following their trip to Wales on Saturday, with
“It’s a 7.25p.m. kick-off and – there’s been a lot of talk about logistics in this competition – well, that time is a disaster really,” said
“The club understandably can’t afford to put us up in a hotel for a second night so we need to travel back straight after the game. Our players could be getting home at five in the morning on Sunday.
“We didn’t get any say in that at all. We were just told that’s when we’d be playing. It’s obviously live on the Welsh TV channel (Sgorio) but it is just terrible for us, to put it bluntly.”
Yet another travel nightmare for a Scottish side is likely to further sour views towards the competition’s revamp. East Fife
That quarter-final had already been re-arranged from November due to the fact the Irish Premier League season ended the previous month and many of their players would be out of contract – a situation that the SPFL somehow failed to foresee when they invited clubs from the Emerald Isle.
“I have always liked this competition,” continued
“If Connah’s Quay
“It is so difficult to survive as it is, so much money already goes out of the game – this is just more. It’s needless.
“You look at that East Fife tie [vs Bohemians]. First of all, it couldn’t be played on the original date – a problem that a lot of people forgot about – and then it gets
“My question is then: if our game gets called off on Saturday, do we get a bye to the final? Seriously. Now, thankfully the weather will be fine, but my point stands. These are more than just teething problems at this stage.”
He added: “Regardless of who is in this tournament, to reach the final would be incredible for this group of players.
“I’m quite grounded and level-headed, that’s my character. But, it would be one of the biggest achievements in the club’s history to get to the final. Even to just get this far has been a brilliant effort.”