Bohs’ future on the line
TWO aggrieved Bohemians players will meet with solicitors at the High Court this morning with the intention of lodging a petition to wind up the crisis-ridden north Dublin club.
The duo are amongst the group of 10 contracted Gypsies stars who are owed almost two months’ wages. Bohs want to remove all the players from the wage bill, but no progress has been made on reaching agreement on severance packages.
Last month, the unhappy pair took the militant stance of threatening the club with a winding-up order. Subsequent discussions have failed to resolve the situation.
Indeed, relations between the players and the club are understood to have deteriorated in recent days.
Bohemians manager Pat Fenlon has been working through the minefield with a view to kicking off pre-season training today. It’s believed that some of the individuals owed money are prepared to attend.
Disagreement exists within the group of 10 about the best course of action to take, with some members of the dressing-room uncomfortable about entering legal channels that, in the worst-case scenario, would result in liquidation.
However, the two particularly irate players have decided they are against delaying action any further, with indications they will receive no further money until the middle of next month.
Therefore, they are willing to push through with an action that will result in their identities entering the public domain. Legally, they can make the application to the High Court on the basis that the Phibsborough outfit are unable to pay their debts.
The process of lodging a petition takes a number of weeks, though, which potentially offers a window for negotiation.
Yet the club are refusing to budge on their original offer of 13 weeks from the 52-week deal. The players were initially searching for double that amount to terminate contracts.
Bohs, league champions in 2008 and 2009, have been engaged in hectic fundraising efforts since November, with fans digging into their pockets in an attempt to retrieve a desperate situation that has effectively arisen from overspending on players and the botched sale of their Dalymount Park home.