O’Con­nor de­parts as clouds re­main

Bray People - - SPORT -

THE fu­ture of Bray Wan­der­ers re­mains clouded fol­low­ing De­nis O’Con­nor’s res­ig­na­tion as chair­man last week. O’Con­nor con­firmed his res­ig­na­tion on Thurs­day via a state­ment re­leased by the club.

In said state­ment, O’Con­nor de­clares his res­ig­na­tion from the club as chair­man/di­rec­tor and also as di­rec­tor of Mil­way Dawn Ltd. He com­ments that dur­ing his time at the helm, he was “driven by a de­sire to re­solve legacy is­sues and get the se­nior squad in the top half of the league ta­ble”.

He cites per­sonal rea­sons for his de­par­ture, some­thing “that is all for an­other day”.

There was a lot of praise for peo­ple at the club, “fel­low Di­rec­tors , of­fi­cers in the club and the ex­tremely hard­work­ing and loyal peo­ple who give of their time freely…Harry Kenny - a true gentle­man in ev­ery sense of the word.”

In part­ing, he also wished “all the teams and coaches the best of luck for the re­main­der of the sea­son”.

De­nis’ brother Martin – the club sec­re­tary – is ex­pected to re­main in his po­si­tion. De­nis’ last act as chair­man is be­lieved to have been se­cur­ing the fund­ing to keep the club afloat for the re­main­der of the sea­son and he will be re­placed as chair­man by di­rec­tor Gerry Mul­vey for the fore­see­able fu­ture.

In a sub­se­quent state­ment re­leased by Mul­vey, he re­vealed that De­nis O’Con­nor had broached the sub­ject of his res­ig­na­tion days prior to its of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment. Mul­vey thanked O’Con­nor for “the im­mense work and ef­fort he has put into the club over the past three years”.

Mul­vey ex­pressed that with­out O’Con­nor, the “would have col­lapsed” in 2014 and that the ex-chair­man “gave 100% ded­i­ca­tion to save it and for the past three sea­sons”.

As things stand, Mul­vey will con­tinue as in­terim chair­man un­til a per­ma­nent suc­ces­sor can be found.

Five play­ers have re­port­edly re­quested mu­tual can­cel­la­tions of their con­tract in the past week but Martin O’Con­nor has in­formed the Bray/Wick­low Peo­ple that any such re­quests will fall on deaf ears un­less all 21 mem­bers of the se­nior squad unite to make the same re­quest.

De­nis O’Con­nor re­signed from his po­si­tion in Bray Wan­der­ers last week.

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