Sunday 20 August 2017

FAI ask Bray to clarify where funding is coming from

Members of the squad keen on a move elsewhere amid the uncertainty have been told that Bray have no intention of letting them leave. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Members of the squad keen on a move elsewhere amid the uncertainty have been told that Bray have no intention of letting them leave. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Officials from the FAI are set to meet representatives of Bray Wanderers today to seek fresh guarantees that the Seagulls have the money to pay their players for the rest of the season.

The troubled club claim they have sourced the funds to meet their commitments from 2017 - an about turn from a message communicated to players nine days ago where the official line was that the Bray hierarchy only have the funds to pay the wages for another week.

That alarmed players and placed the spotlight on the FAI given that they had granted the Seagulls a licence for the season on the basis that they had support from main investor Gerry Mulvey.

Bray's problems arose from a change in Mulvey's circumstances and chairman Denis O'Connor now says that an appeal for support has led to a turnaround which will allow the first-team squad to be paid for the remainder of the campaign.

That has not satisfied the players and their representatives who are apprehensive about the situation and wanted the money bonded in addition to details about where the money is coming from.

Deadline

They had set a deadline of last night for that information but a third party has indicated to the players that FAI staff - including league director Fran Gavin - have arranged a meeting with Bray to seek further clarity.

If the conditions on which a Premier Division licence was granted have changed, then the authorities will need updated assurances that all commitments can be honoured.

The Bray players are waiting to hear on the outcome of those talks before deciding on a next move.

Members of the squad keen on a move elsewhere amid the uncertainty have been told that Bray have no intention of letting them leave. The prospect of mediation between the parties has been floated as a possible solution.

Meanwhile, Dundalk defender Brian Gartland says that Stephen Kenny's squad are going to have to cope with additional expectation heading into their Champions League date with Rosenborg tomorrow.

The League of Ireland side are still the underdogs in their meeting with the Norwegian giants, but their European exploits last year have increased the scrutiny on their performances in this sphere.

"We set standards for ourselves and there is going to be a lot of hype about that and a bit of pressure on us from last year to succeed and go on again," says Gartland.

"We don't fear teams. We want to succeed, we want to break boundaries and create history like we did last year."

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