Saturday 17 March 2018

Bohs face fight for 'livelihoods'

Neil Ahern

BOHEMIANS' players are playing for their livelihoods between now and the end of the season and are now under 'massive pressure' to win the league, according to PFAI chief Stephen McGuinness.

The players' union general secretary yesterday stated his belief that professional football at the Phibsboro-based club now hinges on whether or not they win the league, and maybe even the FAI Cup, this season.

"I think a lot is hinging on winning the league, that's my own opinion. I think everything is based on winning the league and possibly winning the cup as well, so there's a lot of pressure," said McGuinness.

"I think it's showing in their performances now, they now know that if they don't win the league this year that they probably will have to go part-time, and the contracts that they currently have -- the club's going to come and look to renegotiate. That's a massive pressure -- not only have you got the pressure of trying to win football games and the crowd being on your case, you've got your livelihood on the line too."

McGuinness also revealed he has received assurances from the FAI that financially stricken Bohs had budgeted for 2010 based on the possibility of finishing in mid-table in the league and failing to progress in the Champions League.

The club are currently sitting just five points off the top of the Premier Division table and yet are still hitting huge financial barriers -- although the imminent sale of youngster Matt Doherty to Wolves has added a timely boost to the club's coffers.

But former Shamrock Rovers player McGuinness admitted he is surprised that problems have arisen now.

"I spoke to the FAI in relation to Bohemians and we were told categorically that Bohs' budget was based on them finishing below mid-table and being knocked out of Europe so I can't see now why, all of a sudden, they have an issue with regard to paying wages when their budget was approved on the basis of doing worse than how they're currently doing," he said.

"We all know that they've been mortgaging on the ground for a long, long time and maybe the debts they had are now coming back to haunt them."

Irish Independent

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