A chance for a fresh start, so what about having one division in the League of Ireland?

That's what Cabinteely Director of Football, Pat Devlin, is calling for in the wake of this coronavirus.

Speaking on the latest edition of the RTÉ Soccer Podcast, he said: "I think now is an opportunity to make serious changes and everything must be taken down into consideration. 

"I think there's an opportunity for one season, or maybe two seasons, to have one league. Yes, one league with Premier and First Division clubs, where each club can progress their own individual situation. After that period of one or two years, you say this is the new format, this is what's going to happen."

Devlin went on to say that it's about time that all stakeholders involved in Irish football - the new regime at the FAI, schoolboys, men's and women football at elite level - come together for the betterment of the game to ensure that clubs can be a integral part of their community.

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He continued: "I listen to the message from FIFA and it's all about unity. There is no better time to have unity than now. There has been a huge amount of self-interest for many, many years in the League of Ireland. In a sense that has ruined the league. Yes, you want to win, yes you want the best players, but no league can be run by four clubs. 

"You need everybody to have fighting chance. We need the romance back in it. If you go back to when Bray Wanderers came in in '85, there was romance. If you got a game against Shamrock Rovers you had a possibility of beating them. 

"In the 1990 Cup final, you had St Francis who had an unbelievable opportunity to get into Europe.

"The romance has gone and I don't think the rich clubs can move on without the rest.

"I look at the one division as a pyramid system where everybody can get to where they want to go. One league might give everybody the opportunity.

"A lot of clubs are struggling at the moment, but with the right backing from the FAI, being part of one division will give them a chance to aim higher. After a couple of years we could revert back to two divisions, bring in relegation and reward those who have gone about their business in the right way."

While not wanting to sound negative, the former Bray boss did add: The First Division is nothing at the moment, it's horrible. All it is is a platform to get out of it. Give everybody an equal chance to expand."