Bray Wanderers manager Alan Mathews and five other management team members have today resigned from their positions ‘with immediate effect’.
Bray have had a miserable opening to the campaign, failing to gain a victory or score a single goal and this latest story concerning the Wicklow club this evening only adds to a poor start to the season.
There appears to be some major problems behind the scenes with the statement claiming that ‘there is a complete breakdown in communication, appreciation and toleration’ of the management’s roles.
Delays in payments are also brought up and Mathews and his management team now wish to disassociate themselves ‘with the direction the Football Club is heading under the current stewardship’.
The statement in full can be read below.
“We have today resigned our positions with immediate effect.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“It is with regret that we have taken this decision. We admire and respect the great support and strong tradition Bray Wanderers FC has enjoyed for many years
“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.
“This matter is now in the hands of our solicitors and we will make no further comment.”
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena