|Add Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland tot he English Premier League|
AS I look at the League of Ireland for the last 6 years i take a big breath and sigh. The League is stuck in neutral. Sky sports powerful marketing influence invades every home of England, Scotland, Ireland and our cousins in Northern Ireland. My wish here is to have the game grow in Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
The problem is the marketing, the talent and the interest in the English Premier League. The other league suffer tremendously because of the proximity and the interlocking economy and similarities of the islands.
The League of Ireland, Scottish Premier League, Wales Premier League and Northern Irish Premier League suffer.
Scotland attendance in 2014 was only 8,865.
Rep of Ireland in 2014 was a 1,559
Northern Ireland was only 887
Wales in hovering on extinction at 325
Well here is my suggestion. If you can't beat them join them. Wales has Swansea City playing in the Premier League. Swansea averages 20,407 in the 2013-14 season. Liberty Stadium only holds 20,827 so you could say they were close to a sell out almost every game.
Now Lets Say Rangers and Celtic also competed in the Premier League. They already have the attendance and the stadiums.
There has been talk of this already. Maybe another club could win the Scottish Title.
Now here is the big move. Lets say we get someone to start Dublin United to play in Aviva Stadium. I would say the stadium of 50,000 would be close to capacity the first year. The FAI needs games in the stadium to pay of the debt of building it. Extra money could be filtered down to the league to make the League of Ireland grow. If this works there could English Premier game in the aviva Stadium every weekend. Ireland could double it's profits by adding Dublin City F.C or a second club to compete in the top league.
|Aviva Stadium sits empty while there is a great demand for it.|
Northern Ireland could add Belfast Uniter to play in the newly remodeled Windsor Park.
The whole idea of adding clubs to play in the English Premier league is because all these leagues can not grow because of the English Premier League. The EPL is just to big, and powerful for these particular league to compete against.