Thursday 23 November 2017

Bohs' future remains up in the air

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

THE Premier Division future of Bohemians remains in jeopardy, with the club no closer to reaching common ground with the contracted players whom they have been unable to agree redundancy packages with.

PFAI chief Stephen McGuinness yesterday maintained the state of affairs at Dalymount Park was 'grave.'

The club held another EGM on Monday evening where they restated the need to generate extra funds over the winter. Members have resisted the introduction of a levy, although 160 have made voluntary contributions.

However, the Gypsies need to sort out matters with the players whom they wish to remove from the wage bill if they are to even have a chance of competing in the top flight in 2011.

They are behind two weeks wages, and want in the region of 26 weeks of their 52-week deals paid up in order to walk away. McGuinness hinted they are willing to compromise, but feels Bohs have to make a similar gesture; the Phibsborough club were initially offering 13 weeks.

"There needs to be wriggle-room from both parties to get anything done," he said. "The club has a position and the players have a position and you'd like to think there's a middle ground that can be found between both parties. If neither party moves, you are not going to get a deal. The feeling I get from the players is that there is wriggle-room with them."

McGuinness was speaking at the launch of this Saturday's League of Ireland legends tournament in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.

A host of star names from the past will feature as old boys from Bohemians, Derry, Dundalk, Galway, St Pat's, Shamrock Rovers, Shelbourne and Sligo Rovers go head-to-head. The PFAI hope to make it an annual event.

l League of Ireland players have amassed a €1.2m fund in sporting tax relief to be collected when they call time on their professional career.

PFAI chief Stephen McGuinness yesterday admitted there would have been a spate of retirements if the initiative had been touched in last week's budget.

Individuals are entitled to claim back 40pc of the tax they paid in the 10 most lucrative years of their career. However, those players who spent time at clubs who defaulted on Revenue payments, are not in as healthy a position as they anticipated.

Irish Independent

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