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It may be unlucky for the Linfield 13.

SHOESTRING champions Cliftonville have sparked a revolution, writes GORDON HANNA.

Envious eyes are being cast in the direction of Solitude where manager Marty Quinn worked a miracle with a squad costing a mere pounds 12,000!

Suddenly more affluent clubs like runners-up Linfield have vowed to travel down the same road.

The Blues, heading for a trading loss of pounds 87,000, are reviewing the positions of 13 highly paid stars.

Chairman Billy McCoubrey and manager David Jeffrey are agreed a savage pruning exercise is necessary.

Jeffrey wants a purely home-bred cast for the millennium. The days of ferrying players from England to Windsor Park are over.

There are similar noises coming from Portadown, who have already transfer- listed big-money striker Garry Haylock.

Expect Glenavon to follow suit just as soon as they sort out manager Billy Hamilton's future.

Chairman Adrian Teer says: "There was an outcry when we imposed budget controls a couple of seasons ago.

"Now most of the Premier League clubs are applauding us for they realise there is no alternative.

"Cliftonville have proved what can be done by unearthing players prepared to play for the shirt."

Reds secretary John Duffy hands the credit to the mighty Quinn.

He says: "It is all very fine being stringent with cash but you must have somebody in control brave and bold enough to operate the system.

"We tried to stick to home- grown talent and are only interested in people ready to sweat blood for Cliftonville and Marty has made it work."

Quinn insists: "We are into bonding in a big way. It has to be Cliftonville first, last and always."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Hanna, Gordon
Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:May 10, 1998
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