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Bannsiders’ travel headache but Stevie ‘McCann’ cope!

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BT Coleraine

Spare a thought for Coleraine FC General Manager Stevie McCann.

The final whistle had barely sounded after last night’s Europa League victory over La Fiorita and he was busy plotting the club’s trip to Slovenia for Thursday’s first qualifying round tie with MK Maribor.

It’s difficult in normal circumstances but it’s a travel nightmare in the current COVID environment.

Attempting to charter a flight and source a hotel in such a short space of time is no easy task.

Then the players all have to report for another round of testing again prior to departure.

The club will be out of pocket (potentially a six-figure sum) and unlike previous European jaunts, will be unable to recoup some costs from travelling fans.

“Only those regarded as essential to the game taking place can go,” explained Stevie, General Manager since 2016.

A founding member of the Academy, he has been involved with the club for almost 15 years and has helped steer the club in a much more professional path.

“The Board deserve a lot of the credit,” added Stevie, who was back at his desk at half 7 this morning.

“They took risks with the like of the club shop which cost a lot of money and the likes of the Smart Card scheme.”

The effort that goes on behind the scenes often goes unnoticed by supporters but Stevie’s efforts are certainly appreciated within the Showgrounds.
And there’s plenty more work ahead before that plane touches back
down at Aldergrove again next Friday!

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Coleraine man, married to Tracy. Former Chronicle Sports Editor and writer for the old Saturday Night sports paper and Belfast Telegraph/Sunday Life. Has travelled and reported on Coleraine FC on several of their European ties over the years.
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