DEVINE DELIGHTED AT SUPER CUP LINK

Derry City manager Declan Devine. Photo: Lorcan Doherty.

Derry City manager Declan Devine. Photo: Lorcan Doherty.

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Derry City manager Declan Devine welcomed the FAI’s suggestion that his team could take part in this summer’s Dublin Super Cup at the Aviva Stadium.

“It would be an honour for me to manage my hometown club in the national stadium,” said Devine yesterday afternoon.

“Whether it’s at a tournament like the Dublin Super Cup or a cup final, it would make me very proud.

“I was involved with Derry City the last time they reached an FAI Cup final in the old Lansdowne Road in 2006 and I want to be the man that takes the club to another cup final but this time in the Aviva Stadium.

“It’s been suggested that we [Derry City] might be asked to take part in the Dublin Super Cup. It would be an amazing opportunity for the players, especially after they learned this week that the club would not be taking part in Europe this year.”

Derry’s potential inclusion in the tournament was mooted by Airtricity League Director Fran Gavin at the competition’s launch on Friday in Dublin.

“The fact that the club [Derry City] are not in Europe means that they could play in the Dublin Super Cup,” said Gavin on Friday.

“That might be open to them now. It’s up to the organisers who are in charge of the competition. They have expressed an interest in talking to Derry City to see if they would be interested.”

Despite finishing in third place last season Derry City are disqualified from playing European football because the club went into liquidation two years ago. UEFA rules impose an automatic three year European football ban on clubs who experience such difficulties.”

Derry boss, Devine, travelled to watch Derry’s opponents in the next round of the Setanta Cup, Linfield, take on Cliftonville at Solitude yesterday. He said that whilst he was using the time to see what “Linfield had to offer” he was more focused on securing three points when Derry open the 2012 League of Ireland campaign with the visit of Bohemians to Brandywell next Friday night.

“Linfield play Coagh United next weekend so I thought watching them against a team like Cliftonville would give me more insight in terms of what they have to offer.

“Although I’ll be having a look at Linfield my and the team’s focus is on getting a win against Bohemians at the Brandywell next Friday night.

“I think Bohemians are still a strong team, despite what others are saying. We’ll have to be at our best to get three points.”

Devine added that he was delighted with his final squad of players but said that he wanted the supporters to “really get behind the team” this season.

“We need everyone pulling in the same direction and that includes the supporters. The Derry City fans are second to none but we need them to make a huge amount of noise this season. We’ll hopefully take care of the football if they take care of the noise.

“I am very proud of the players and I think that the way they have applied themselves has been brilliant.”