Boss Alan Mathews and staff quit Bray Wanderers amid unpaid wages claim
BRAY Wanderers are now officially the crisis club of the League of Ireland after manager Alan Mathews and the entire backroom staff quit their posts last night.
And Bray, whose entry into the Premier Division for 2015 was delayed due to licencing issues, are now facing a real battle for survival.
“We wish to disassociate ourselves with the direction the Football Club is heading under the current stewardship and we can no longer serve the Club in a professional manner,” said a statement issued by experienced manager Mathews on behalf of his staff.
“Sadly, with the delays in payments to a group of very professional and dedicated players morale has been further eroded.
“Our concern is that football too will suffer unless the Club is re-organised and re-structured to realise the potential Bray Wanderers FC has.”
The current campaign has been a dismal one on the field for Wanderers - the side have lost all seven competitive matches and, most worryingly, have yet to score a goal, let alone earn a point, in five league games and they face a stiff test away to Sligo Rovers tomorrow.
But it’s the long-term future of the club - who are under new ownership with a new kit, a new crest and a new board for 2015 after a recent takeover - which will come under scrutiny.
Wanderers were not initially awarded a Premier Division to play in the top flight and also had to deal with claims that the club were under investigation by the Fraud Squad.
Bray were given a licence after supplying the FAI with further information but claims from ex-manager Mathews will put the club, and especially the FAI’s decision to give them a Premier licence, under scrutiny.
“We have today resigned our positions with immediate effect,” said the statement, issued by Mathews - significantly, the statement was issued to the media by email and Bray officials were simply copied into the mail.
“We as a Management team believe that there is a complete breakdown in communication, appreciation and toleration of our roles.
“Our commitment to the Football Club was total and that included securing much needed investment.
“While acknowledging that results have been disappointing both staff and players have been working tirelessly to improve on this and were prepared to keep working to achieve a solution. Unfortunately circumstances beyond our control have now prevailed and the position of the entire management team (who remain unpaid) has become untenable,” added the statement.
“Furthermore due to a number of issues relating to the conduct of senior officers of the Football Club some formal complaints have been received which is damaging the morale and good name of Bray Wanderers Football Club.”