The Bray Wanderers saga took a new turn on Wednesday night as the club confirmed that chairman Denis O’Connor had resigned.
In a statement released on Bray Wanderers’ website, O’Connor announced his resignation amidst a backdrop of financial turmoil at the Carlisle Grounds.
The statement reads:
“I have resigned my position as Chairman/ Director of Bray Wanderers FC and also as Director of Milway Dawn Limited.
“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.
“My decision is driven by personal reasons. That is all for another day.
“I wish to express my sincere gratitude to my fellow Directors, Officers in the Club and the extremely hardworking and loyal people who give of their time freely – all with the interest of the Club at heart.
“It would be remiss not to refer to Harry Kenny – a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Someone with whom I developed a very close friendship – we talked or met nearly every day. More importantly, he brought a business sense to the role of head coach as well as a football knowledge and I will forever regard him as a true friend.”
“I wish all the teams and coaches the best of luck for the remainder of the season.
“It goes without saying I will always be available to help the Club when feasible and where possible if asked.
“On a general note best wishes to my colleagues in The PCA as they work together for the betterment of The League. And to the officials in the FAI who supported us.
“To the true fans – keep up the good work and support your Club at the stiles. To the media – thanks for fair and balanced reporting.”
O’Connor had been placed under mounting pressure by the Bray Wanderers players in recent weeks. Having assured them in public that funding could be guaranteed for their wages until the end of the season, he failed to give them the necessary assurance as to where this funding was coming from, leading to the players themselves reluctantly, but very publicly, placing themselves on the transfer list.
How the Seagulls proceed from here is markedly unclear but it’s clear that, unfortunately for Bray and everyone connected to that historic club, this sorry mess is far from over.
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