Saturday 25 November 2017

Bohs facing return to part-time

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

A return to part-time football is on the cards for Bohemians after the board held an emergency meeting with club members last night to detail the extent of their financial difficulties.

A humiliating defeat by Welsh side TNS in their Champions League qualifier last month brought their bubbling problems to the surface, a culmination of overspending over the last number of years.

Gypsies boss Pat Fenlon is set to lose some of his star players before the UK transfer window closes at the end of this month, with Paddy Madden and Killian Brennan their main assets.

Bohs need an injection of cash to sustain their wage bill -- with fears in the dressing-room about the club's ability to meet wage commitments, even in the short term -- and have appealed to members of the football club to dig into their pockets.

"The directors detailed the measures already taken to reduce costs at the club, while also reducing debts," read a statement from Bohemians.

"Members were told that lower-than-expected commercial and gate income along with expenditure above target meant that the club faced continuing cash-flow difficulties. The club has informed the employees and the FAI of its current position."

Irish Independent

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