Finance in place for Wan­der­ers play­ers’ wages

Bray People - - NEWS -

AF­TER a tur­bu­lent week for Bray Wan­der­ers, for­mer chair­man of the sup­porter’s club, Terry O’Neill, has called for the club to be trans­ferred into com­mu­nity own­er­ship.

Af­ter play­ers hear­ing that there was no more money for wages, club chair­man an­nounced an 11th hour fi­nan­cial pack­age on Thurs­day af­ter­noon. He re­leased a state­ment say­ing there would be fund­ing for the rest of the sea­son and into 2018.

Play­ers have sought clar­ity on the source of the money and com­mit­ment that it will be in place.

‘I would like to put on record my con­tin­ued ad­mi­ra­tion and sup­port of all the play­ers and coach­ing staff of our club,’ said Terry. ‘At this trou­bled time in our club’s his­tory, it’s the play­ers and their fam­i­lies who stand to loose most. With mort­gages and bills to pay the un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing their wages must be weigh­ing heav­ily on their minds. I would urge all foot­ball sup­port­ers to sup­port the play­ers who rep­re­sent our town and club.’

He said that un­der the cur­rent regime he finds him­self and fel­low sup­port­ers con­tin­u­ally fac­ing cri­sis af­ter cri­sis. ‘This can­not be al­lowed to con­tinue. No amount of money will re­pair the good­will lost un­der the cur­rent administration. So I re­spect­fully call on the board to en­ter into dis­cus­sions to al­low a smooth trans­fer of own­er­ship back to the com­mu­nity for our club. The fu­ture of Bray Wan­der­ers may well lie in a com­mu­nity shared own­er­ship model with some not-for-profit fi­nan­cial back­ing.’

He wel­comed the news that a fi­nan­cial res­cue pack­age has been put to­gether, but feels ‘ the fu­ture is still un­cer­tain’.

He said that chair­man De­nis O’Con­nor has had a ‘reck­less spend­ing pol­icy’.

‘U have been in­volved with Bray Wan­der­ers since 1984 and sat on many com­mit­tees but I have never seen such to­tal reck­less ac­tions in all my time in­volved,’ he said.

Terry will at­tend the match ver­sus Cork on Sun­day, but he said that no club could be sus­tained on gate re­ceipts alone. ‘Any club that gam­bles on at­ten­dances and Europe is go­ing down a slip­pery slope,’ he said.

Of­fi­cials from the FAI will meet Bray Wan­der­ers reps to­day to dis­cuss their fi­nan­cial po­si­tion for the re­main­der of the sea­son.

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