Bohs' winding-up moves a step closer
THE messy dispute between Bohemians and two unhappy players who are pursuing a winding-up order has intensified with the respective parties engaged in a war of words last night.
Stuart Gilhooly, the solicitor acting on behalf of two individuals who are owed almost two months' wages, will today look to process the paperwork required to lodge a petition for a winding-up order in the High Court.
He said he was instructed to do so following failed attempts by Bohemians to sort out their differences with the aggrieved players.
"It is our belief that Bohemians do have funds at the moment, but have chosen not to pay the players," said Gilhooly.
"During the day, they indicated that they might be in a position to pay the players some monies owed, but they made the offer on the basis of conditions that were unacceptable to the players.
"Therefore, they have instructed me to issue proceedings to wind up the company at the earliest possible juncture."
However, Bohemians have denied making any offer and have said they will be referring Gilhooly's comments to their own solicitor, Warren Parkes, who is a former Bohs striker. The two players seeking the winding-up order are part of a group of 10 who haven't been paid since November.
There has been disagreement within that number about the correct course of action to take, with some opposing the militant approach. Bohs' relationship with players' union, the PFAI, has deteriorated in recent days.
The Dalymount Park club have been unable to agree severance packages with the contracted players they need to remove from the wage bill before they can plot a path forward.
Gilhooly believes that Bohs now have some funds available and reports last night speculated that the FAI had boosted the club's coffers by paying up prize money they owed.
An Abbotstown spokesman said they were in "no position" to comment.
Meanwhile, media in Australia are reporting that Bohs defender Brian Shelley has agreed to join Ballarat Red Devils in February. It is claimed that Shelley will take up a dual role as player and promotion/development manager with the Victoria-based club.
Confusion surrounds the Dubliner's situation as he has written to Bohs saying he wishes to take up the option of another year on his contract. He is also due in Norway this week with out-of-work Irish professionals looking to impress scouts in Scandinavia.