Finn Harps face even tougher task if league changes are forced through

Photo: Stephen Doherty
Photo: Stephen Doherty

It’s understood the FAI are close to agreeing a structure change to the League of Ireland which will see the Premier and First Divisions become ten team competitions.

For the proposals to be in place for the 2018 season, it will mean three teams will be relegated from the Premier Division next season and one team will be promoted from the First Division.

From a Finn Harps point of view, it would make their task of staying up even more difficult with an 8th place finish needed to be safe, that’s one place higher than their finish this year.

To achieve that, the club would also be expected to increase their budget on players which could also prove difficult at Finn Park.

It’s believed the bigger Dublin clubs have been the driving force behind the changes and that a lot of clubs from around the country are not happy with the proposals and the system that was used to get the changes presented to the FAI.

It’s also believed the hold up in releasing the fixtures for next year is due to the FAI considering the proposals.

Highland’s Soccer Correspondent is Diarmaid Doherty and he says the change will make the situation even harder for Finn Harps...