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Linfield chief rules out windfall

Windsor Park is owned by Linfield Football Club
Linfield's Windsor Park ground is used for Northern Ireland internationals

Linfield chief Jim Kerr has revealed there is no chance of them getting a huge windfall over their long-term Windsor Park contract with the IFA.

Kerr said Linfield would be prepared to renegotiate the terms if the IFA and government agreed to a new stadium being built on the current site.

The club chairman was speaking to the Sportsound programme in an interview to be broadcast on Saturday.

He also revealed the north stand would get a new roof before next season.

Kerr's comments come in response to growing unrest among Linfield's Premiership rivals who feel it is unfair that Linfield get 15% of revenue from Northern Ireland internationals played at their ground.

Kerr denied the club was getting £800,000 through its contract with the Irish FA.

"That is a grossly exaggerated figure. It does not come close to what we received - it was much less than that," said Kerr.

"Our supporters are fed up with stories which are misrepresenting Linfield and the revenue we are supposed to be getting from these fixtures."

Linfield chairman Jim Kerr
Jim Kerr says the deal with the Irish FA is likely to change

The Linfield chairman revealed the club had been turned down twice in applications for government grant aid for ground improvements.

He said all clubs should benefit from the money the IFA reaps from international matches.

Kerr admitted it was likely the current deal over Windsor Park, which has more than 70 years still to run, would change.

But he ruled out any chance of Linfield getting a huge financial windfall from any new arrangement.

"I do not think the IFA is in a position to buy out the remaining years of the contract nor would the government enter into that. I think that is a dead duck.

"Linfield will continue to own Windsor Park. We have played there for over 100 years and it belongs to the members of the club."

"But giving up the management of the ground is not the same thing and we would be prepared to consider that. Negotiations are going on."

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