Bohs confident new boys will start season as they wait on FAI clearance
LEAGUE of Ireland champions Bohemians are confident they can get the paperwork sorted to begin the new season with a full complement of players after their first budget proposal was rejected by the FAI on Tuesday night.
Authorities in Abbotstown are going through the process of meeting with the league's clubs who have to present their financial plans for approval before being granted a licence for the new campaign.
Bohs are still subject to a transfer embargo arising from difficulties suffered in 2009 and while they have signed seven new players who are training under Pat Fenlon and getting paid, no new arrivals -- or re-signing of stars who were out of contract at the end of last season -- will be sanctioned until the FAI are satisfied.
Bohs were only allowed to factor league prize money of €40,000 -- the amount available to the team that finishes last in the Premier Division -- into their figures, although they were previously planning to account for a finish of no worse than third in the table.
Bohemians secretary Gerry Conway said yesterday that he is not worried about the delay and is sure that all players will be registered by February 28.
The Gypsies have recruited Stephen Gray, Ruaidhri Higgins and Gareth McGlynn from Derry City; Barry Murphy from Shamrock Rovers; Chris O'Connor from Bray; Raffaele Cretaro from Sligo; and Mark Quigley from St Pat's.
Confusion remains regarding the make-up of next year's Premier Division, with Cork City's participation in doubt in light of their difficulties, and fears also expressed about the well-being of Galway United. Bray Wanderers and Shelbourne are on standby.
The FAI are believed to have sought clarification from a couple of clubs in relation to original budgets submitted, with proof of guarantees of friendly matches needed before wage bills and other outgoings can be rubber-stamped.