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Devlin calls on Bray to come clean over exit

Published 15/01/2014 | 02:30

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25 October 2013; Bray Wanderers manager Pat Devlin. Airtricity League Premier Division, Bray Wanderers v Dundalk, Carlisle Grounds, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Bray Wanderers manager Pat Devlin

PAT DEVLIN has called on Bray Wanderers to publicly explain why he is no longer their manager and expressed "disappointment" with Alan Mathews for agreeing to take over the reins at the Carlisle Grounds.

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There is nothing straightforward about Devlin's departure from Bray, where he remains the third biggest shareholder and estimates his stake at 15pc.

Differences emerged in pre-Christmas meetings about the future direction of the club but Devlin, who was also the club's director of football, indicated yesterday that he did not resign from his position.

"I don't know what I'd say," he said. "That's really for Bray to come out and say -- and they need to say that."

Bray have remained silent on the matter aside from issuing a press statement last Friday night which announced Mathews' appointment -- a release that was sent out while Devlin was attending the annual

"In my own stupid little mind, I am still manager and director of football. Which one am I not gone from? Director of football, shareholder, manager? Am I gone from the whole lot? By the sounds of things, I got the elbow from them all.

"I was appointed by the shareholders so I don't know how we got to where we are."

The 60-year-old, whose association with Bray dates back to 1985, stopped short of detailing the full reasons for a breakdown in relationships, although he suggested that a festive 'think-tank' shaped the vision of the faction that wished to move forward with Mathews at the helm.

Devlin, who believes that Bray face a tough battle without serious investment, claimed that the turbulence which followed the end of last season contributed to the departures of Jason Byrne and Kieran Marty Waters to Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers respectively.

He also dismissed any suggestion that his long-term protege Damien Duff could help provide the funds to sway the off-the-field battle in his direction.

Irish Independent

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