Stand-off rum­bles on at Bray Wan­der­ers

Bray People - - SPORT -

DE­SPITE their clash with Cork City be­ing just four days away, the stand-off be­tween Bray Wan­der­ers and their play­ers rum­bles on.

There did ap­pear to be respite on Thurs­day af­ter­noon when the club is­sued a state­ment declar­ing that “fund­ing has been or­gan­ised to ful­fil the re­main­der of this sea­son and into 2018.”

It con­tin­ued: “Bray Wan­der­ers FC is back in busi­ness and look for­ward to our next home match.”

But the feel-good fac­tor lasted mere hours as that same evening, the play­ers re­leased their own state­ment ask­ing for fur­ther clar­ity on the source of the new-found funds and a con­crete guar­an­tee that the monies would not run dry again.

In the play­ers’ state­ment, they al­lege that club chair­man De­nis O’Con­nor, at a meet­ing on Tues­day last, “agreed to al­low our union, PFA Ire­land, as­sess any po­ten­tial new investment and con­firmed that any such investment would be bonded and se­cured.”

With none of the al­leged prom­ises above be­ing ful­filled, it left the play­ers clouded with doubt.

“In view of the events in the last six days in which com­pletely con­tra­dic­tory and con­fus­ing state­ments have been made by the club, we do not feel con­fi­dent about our fu­ture at the club”.

The play­ers felt that they were not of­fered “enough to guar­an­tee” com­mit­ment.

They set a dead­line of close of busi­ness by Mon­day, July 10th, to be pro­vided with the ap­pro­pri­ate in­for­ma­tion or, fail­ing that, the play­ers would “ex­am­ine all op­tions avail­able” ahead of Sun­day’s fix­ture against Cork at the Carlisle Grounds.

In re­sponse, a crest­fallen O’Con­nor re­signedly of­fered: “I’m very dis­ap­pointed…the mat­ters raised are a li­cens­ing is­sue and should be dealt with by the FAI.”

On Mon­day evening, both par­ties re­mained mute as no sign of a res­o­lu­tion was forth­com­ing. The play­ers did how­ever train as sched­uled.

Bray Wan­der­ers Chair­man De­nis O’Con­nor.

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