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Friday 20 April 2018

Fresh twist as Bray chairman quits

Denis O'Connor. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
Denis O'Connor. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The crisis at troubled Bray Wanderers has deepened as controversial chairman Denis O'Connor has stepped down from his role "for personal reasons".

Bray have been in turmoil this month since the players were told that, as the club's main investor had withdrawn his financial support, there was only enough cash left to fund one more week's wages.

Chairman O'Connor has since been attempting to bring in a new investor but the players are unconvinced by assurances about the finance in place.

Bray star Gary McCabe told the LOI Weekly podcast earlier this week that the squad did not trust the board.

"We're basically being fobbed off and we're being brushed under the table," McCabe said.

"So this is where we are. We've been told that the money has been put in but it's not been proven to us.

"We need to see the money bonded and put into an account so that we know it's there until the end of the season so if anything else happens, our wages are still there.

"We've been told that we were going to get this two weeks ago. Then we gave them another deadline. And nothing has happened."

Last night, O'Connor announced that he was standing down.

"I have resigned my position as Chairman/ Director of Bray Wanderers FC and also as Director of Milway Dawn Limited," he said.

"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," he added.

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