God­sil pens scathing let­ter

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FOR­MER Bray Wan­der­ers me­dia li­ai­son of­fi­cer Jil­lian God­sil took aim and un­leashed both bar­rels at her for­mer em­ploy­ers in an open let­ter penned for their at­ten­tion.

The Co. Wick­low res­i­dent was ap­pointed to her po­si­tion in Au­gust 2016. She had pre­vi­ously been in­volved in a think-tank three years ago but noth­ing came of it. Last sum­mer how­ever, she was ap­proached by the then chair­man De­nis O’Con­nor and sub­se­quently em­ployed.

All was go­ing well un­til four months ago when God­sil claims to have had “a ma­jor dis­agree­ment” with De­nis O’Con­nor which she claims led to him vow­ing to never speak to her again.

In the build-up to the visit of Dun­dalk to the Carlisle Grounds, God­sil “re­ceived com­mu­ni­ca­tions from the chair­man again, after a three month pe­riod of si­lence”.

God­sil claims that there was a flurry of emails in­quir­ing as to what she was per­son­ally go­ing to “do about the gate” from De­nis O’Con­nor. God­sil also claims that th­ese emails were copied to all man­age­ment in the club.

“I replied (re­peat­edly) that my role was me­dia re­la­tions and not com­mer­cial, how­ever I said that I would re­search the mat­ter fur­ther.

“More­over, the fi­nal or­der from the chair­man in this up­set­ting email chain was that I was not on any ac­count to go near the press box at the Dun­dalk match on Fri­day night nor was I to speak with any mem­ber of the press.”

God­sil ad­mits that she did not fol­low the or­ders as she as­sisted a dis­abled jour­nal­ist to the press box as she did for all home games.

God­sil re­veals that her ser­vice were no longer re­quired by the fol­low­ing week and fol­low­ing two highly-con­tro­ver­sial state­ments re­leased by the club last week, God­sil could no longer hold her tongue.

“The rea­son there­fore for my writ­ing this open let­ter was fos­tered in my treat­ment up to my be­ing let go and my sub­se­quent block­ing from Bray on so­cial me­dia.

“The rea­son for my writ­ing this let­ter is that, as a PR pro­fes­sional re­tained by the club, had I been al­lowed to do my job, this painful month of com­mu­ni­ca­tions would not have got past the thought stage. We would not have be­come the laugh­ing stock of the League of Ire­land and be­yond.

“The rea­son for writ­ing this let­ter is for the many fans who have been let down.

“The rea­son for writ­ing this let­ter is for Harry, his man­age­ment team and the play­ers. They had no choice in the con­tent of the press re­leases. They had no part in the games be­ing played off the field.

“The rea­son for writ­ing this let­ter is to ex­press the opinion that just be­cause the man­age­ment of Bray Wan­der­ers could re­lease such state­ments, does not mean that they should.”

God­sil be­gins her let­ter by speak­ing of her “gen­uine sad­ness, some be­wil­der­ment and above all deep em­bar­rass­ment at your (the club’s) re­cent state­ments, press re­leases and ac­tions.”

She con­cludes by call­ing on the FAI to take ap­pro­pri­ate sanc­tions when clubs step out of line. Her re­la­tion­ship with Bray Wan­der­ers started off on the right foot but ended all wrong.

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