Kelly is care­taker boss

Seag­ulls be­gin ea­ger search for new man­ager

Wicklow People - - SPORT -

GRA­HAM KELLY has been an­nounced as the care­taker man­ager of Bray Wan­der­ers for the forsee­able fu­ture, but the Co. Wick­low club are re­ported to be ac­tively seek­ing a per­ma­nent re­place­ment for Dave Mackey.

Mackey re­signed 103 days into his rein on Sun­day with his side rooted to the foot of the table with a goal dif­fer­ence of -23 af­ter nine league matches.

Un­der Mackey’s stew­ard­ship, the Seag­ull failed to win a sin­gle match. Bray’s last three matches saw them ship 12 goals and score none as morale seemed to hit an all-time low.

Mackey was a sur­prise an­nounce­ment on De­cem­ber 26 at a time when there were only five play­ers on the books for the sea­side club. He moved swiftly and an­nounced a host of new sign­ings on Jan­uary 5.

Just one goal in three pre-sea­son friendlies against First Di­vi­sion stirred some gen­tle pes­simism but a bril­liant bat­tling 0-0 draw against Dun­dalk on the open­ing day of the sea­son re­stored fans’ faith.

The new-found op­ti­mism was short-lived. Nine con­sec­u­tive losses have fol­lowed since then but it is the man­ner of the losses that were most wor­ry­ing.

On Fri­day, Wan­der­ers were thrashed 5-0 by St. Patrick’s Ath­letic and the next day, Mackey of­fered his res­ig­na­tion which the club “re­luc­tantly ac­cepted”. In the state­ment that con­firmed his res­ig­na­tion on Sun­day morn­ing, the club say they ap­pre­ci­ated “the dif­fi­cult task Dave had since he took on the role last De­cem­ber and wish to ac­knowl­edge the ded­i­ca­tion and pro­fes­sion­al­ism he brought to the job”. They con­clude by wish­ing him well and con­firm­ing that the search for his re­place­ment is un­der­way.

Mackey’s record of 10 losses in 11 matches caused a very neg­a­tive re­ac­tion on and off the pitch. There are nu­mer­ous can­di­dates ru­moured to be in the run­ning for the job (we pro­file five po­ten­tial re­place­ments in­side) but they look set to have a dif­fi­cult job in re­viv­ing Bray’s sea­son.

Dave Mackey, who stepped down last week­end as man­ager of Bray Wan­der­ers af­ter a dif­fi­cult spell at the SSE Air­tric­ity League Premier League club.

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