Following the emergence of financial difficulties at Bray Wanderers in the last number of days, PFAI general secretary Stephen McGuinness spoke to RTÉ’s Tony O’Donoghue about the escalating situation at the club.
Last Friday, at half-time in their clash with Dundalk, the Seagulls released a statement indicating all was not right at the club and that attendances would need to improve if there was to be any turnaround in fortunes off the field.
Meanwhile, on the pitch, Bray have been doing superbly up to this point. They’re currently in third place in the Premier Division table.
But these recent developments look to have put a hold on this whirlwind campaign, with the PFAI revealing on Sunday that the players’ contracts cannot be honoured and they will be free to speak with other clubs next week.
This morning the players at @BrayWanderers have been advised money only to cover next week & they can all speak to new clubs about leaving.
— PFA Ireland (@PFAIOfficial) July 2, 2017
In what has become an all too common theme, the League of Ireland has been rocked by yet another crisis, with McGuinnes explaining just how much developments such as these not only hurt the league but, of course, the players themselves.
“I think the players feel very let down by the club and very let down by the people in charge of the league that have given out the license to compete in the league and have looked at the budgets and approved them,” McGuinnes told RTÉ’s Soccer Republic.
“I think the players felt, based on getting the licence, that the club at a minimum would get to the end of the season. I think it damages the league massively. We’ve been down this road that many times.”
It is now a waiting game to see just exactly what will come of these worrying developments in the next few weeks and months, but there’s a rocky road ahead for all at the seaside club.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena