LIMAVADY United appear to have pulled off one of the biggest publicity coups of the season having offered Manchester City their services in relation to the Carlos Tevez difficulties at Eastlands.
And it was the club’s enthusiastic vice-chairman, Mr. David Brewster, who initiated the move, presenting City boss, Roberto Mancini, with an option of allowing Tevez to sample Limavady’s salubrious Rathmore Road facilities.
In fact, Mr. Brewster hasn’t given up hope just yet as he helped nail up the new “Welcome to Limavady” banner which now adorns the “Roesiders” clubhouse as they prepare to face Institute in tomorrow’s El North-Westico Derby! (3.00 p.m. kick-off).
“I’ve been interviewed on Radio 5 Live, Talksport plus a few Irish commercial radio stations after the story broke on Wednesday and I think it’s now time that I get back to my day job,” laughed David yesterday.
“I had something of a quiet day in Court on Wednesday and having read about the Tevez difficulties, I simply forwarded a genuine proposal to the powers that be at Eastlands.
“I made it clear that, rather than release the player to a Premiership opponent or, indeed, have him cup-tied, why not allow him to travel over to Limavady to get his head cleared.
“Given that we have an important game against Institute this weekend, we believe it would be the perfect arena for Carlos to get back to basics and to start concentrating on what he’s good at and that playing football,” declared the Limavady based solicitor.
With the sensational news interesting international agencies such as Sky Sports, the BBC website story on the matter experienced no fewer than 200,000 hits on Wednesday night.
In fact, don’t be surprised if the Limavady United offer is mentioned at this morning’s Manchester City Press Conference prior to tomorrow’s match at Ewood Park against Blackburn.
“I think I would die happy and move on to heaven, if that were to be the case,” continued Mr. Brewster.
Of course, Mr. Brewster also agreed that much would depend on the attitude of “Roesiders” boss, David Platt, who is not so sure that Tevez, should he arrive, would be able to fit into the new system recently deployed at the Showgrounds.
“Since taking over the managerial reins, Davy has always made it clear that until a player does something wrong, he keeps his jersey, so I would imagine that policy may well have to change should Carlos arrive on the 9.35 a.m. flight from Manchester,” concluded Mr. Brewster.
With or without the controversial Argentine, the ‘Roesiders’ face a tough league fixture against their rejuvenated near neighbours tomorrow and manager, Platt, is expecting a close encounter.
The Drumahoe men came out on top when the two sides met in the North-West Senior Cup at the Riverside Stadium earlier this season when Stephen Parkhouse’s strike sent ‘Stute through to the next round, but Platt believes his side have improved dramatically since that defeat.
“This is a home game for us and I said at the start of the season I wanted to make the Showgrounds a place teams didn’t want to come to,” claimed the Limavady boss.
“It’s a local derby and, as such, you expect those types of games to be hotly contested fixtures. Institute recruited well just before the Transfer Window closed and have had a few good results recently.
“Therefore, this won’t be an easy game for us because they will have confidence going into the match.”
Indeed, Institute appear to have turned the corner in recent weeks with league victories over Loughgall (2-1) and Larne (1-0) but Limavady have mirrored their progress and Platt wants his side to build on their recent wins.
“This is a game that I’m looking forward to because, although we played okay in the last game, we have progressed from there.
“We will be looking to make amends for for the North-West Cup defeat because I felt that we had done enough to win it. We, maybe, were a bit hard done by but we missed a few chances and of course we want to put that right.
“We will definitely be looking to win this game and keep the momentum that we have built up over recent weeks.
“Winning breeds confidence and if we can keep doing that over the next few weeks then we’ll be where we want to be”