Derry City manager Kenny Shiels has hit out the condition of the pitch at Eamonn Deacy Park after his side were held to a draw by Galway United on Monday.
The Premier Division game ended 0-0 and Shiels believes that the playing surface prevented his side from winning.
The former Kilmarnock boss claimed to have made substitutions directly as a result of the pitch and also suggested that the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) match delegates are more concerned about coaching staff moving outside their technical area than the playing surface itself.
“Football teams need a pitch to play on. That’s twice we have come down here and the pitch has been awful. And look at the place; it’s beautiful,” Shiels told local radio.
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“They [the FAI] bring a delegate along and if you step one foot outside the dugout they are down on you like a ton of bricks. But they don’t care about the football pitch.
“Why do they not care about the football pitch? I’m so angry about the condition of the pitch. We want to play, entertain. The Galway supporters are deprived of better football. It stopped us from winning the game.”
“The League of Ireland has to get their act together. The important thing is not the beautiful stand. I’d rather play on a park pitch as long as it’s good and that was outrageous.” – Kenny Shiels
Shiels has developed a reputation as being outspoken and the Candystripes boss said that the League of Ireland “has to get their act together” when it comes to proper maintenance of pitches.
“What we have here is a beautiful building, a beautiful complex, a great infrastructure, lovely dressing-rooms, lovely stand. It’s absolutely brilliant,” added the Magherafelt native.
“But the League of Ireland has to get their act together. The important thing is not the beautiful stand. I’d rather play on a park pitch as long as it’s good and that was outrageous.
“It was the same two weeks ago when we came here, it was the same when we went to Sligo. The pitch wasn’t watered or treated properly for the product of football. We can’t produce quality on a pitch like that.”