Soccer

Dundalk FC the model that Irish League champions Crusaders want to follow

Soccer

Caoimhín Reilly

Reporter:

Caoimhín Reilly

Email:

caoimhin.reilly@dundalkdemocrat.ie

Dundalk FC the model that Irish League champions Crusaders want to follow

Dundalk FC. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter wants his side to follow the model of League of Ireland clubs Dundalk FC and Derry City.

Having led the North Antrim club to their third Irish League title in four years on Saturday, Baxter wants the club to go full-time in a bid to reach the levels of the Airtricity League pair.

"We have our full-time plans in place for what we are going to do next year," Baxter is quoted as saying in The Derry Journal.

"We have talked about it the last few years about the work these guys are putting in as part-time footballers.

“That is why we have to examine things like how do we recover? What we eat? All these things and other things have to be looked at.

“We have seen the Dundalk model. We have seen the Derry City model. I think you will see improvement and I think lots of teams will go this way.”

The 52-year-old also thinks the more artificial surfaces introduced in the Irish League the better.

"You cannot play good football on muddy pitches that have turned into mud baths," he added.