O’Connor resigns from Wanderers
DENIS O’CONNOR has resigned as chairman and director of Bray Wanderers, after three years at the helm and amid a financial crisis.
He also resigned as a director of Milway Dawn Limited, a body which held shares in Bray Wanderers.
The investor who recently pulled funding, Gerry Mulvey, announced that he will step in as interim chairman.
‘My involvement with the club has been driven by a desire to resolve legacy issues and get the senior squad in the top half of the League Table which can only be achieved by putting the necessary support structures in place,’ said Mr O’Connor in a statement last week.
‘My decision is driven by personal reasons. That is all for another day.’
He thanked his fellow directors, officers in the club, ‘and the extremely hard working and loyal people who give of their time freely – all with the interest of the club at heart. He mentioned the manager of the senior team.
‘It would be remiss not to refer to Harry Kenny – a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Someone with whom I developed a very close friendship – we talked or met nearly every day. More importantly he brought a business sense to the role of head coach as well as a football knowledge and I will forever regard him as a true friend.
‘Finally I wish all the teams and coaches the best of luck for the remainder of the season and it goes without saying I will always be available to help the club when feasible and where possible if asked.’
He thanked the media for fair and balanced reporting, and said ‘ to the true fans - keep up the good work and support your club at the stiles.’
In a statement released by Gerry Mulvey, he said ‘we thank Denis for the immense work and effort he has put into the club over the past three years. In 2014 the club was close to extinction and would have collapsed without his intervention. He gave 100 per cent dedication to save it and for the past three seasons he has given up a tremendous amount of time and energy for the good of the club and football.
‘People have no idea of the amount of personal and family time, effort and resources Denis put in for the benefit of the club, for which the club is and should be grateful.’
Fouga Aircraft make a tricolour pictured at Bray Air Display.
Denis O’Connor has stepped down from the chairperson’s role for ‘personal reasons’.