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Thursday 19 September 2019

Kenny quits Bray after 'a season no-one could have envisaged'

Bray Wanderers 3 Galway United 3

Bray Wanderers manager Harry Kenny has announced he will leave the club at the end of the season. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Bray Wanderers manager Harry Kenny has announced he will leave the club at the end of the season. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Cork City's coronation at Turner's Cross on October 27 will be Harry Kenny's last game in charge of Bray Wanderers - the former Shamrock Rovers great announced that he is to leave the troubled Wicklow club at the end of the season.

His departure is expected to lead an exodus of players from Bray, who reportedly have only two players under contract for next year.

After months of uncertainty over the club's finances, eye-opening statements, players wanting out and investigations about alleged match-fixing claims still looming, the 55-year-old's decision was announced after this incident-packed draw at the Carlisle Grounds.

"I put all that stuff to the back on my mind. You can see by the recent results (six games unbeaten), we've been doing reasonably well," said Kenny.

"We've put all that stuff behind us. We're being investigated (by the FAI and the gardai), but that's part of the course."

Kenny (above) also denied claims he'd been put under pressure from the FAI to put more focus on the course he runs for them in Clondalkin.

"It's nothing to do with the FAI," he insisted. "I had two and a half great seasons with Bray. They've been very enjoyable. It's just time to move on."

Kenny, who took the Seasiders reins June 2016, stressed: "It's mainly football reasons. Time moves on and you forget about things. It's happened to other clubs."

Asked had he ever experienced a campaign like this one in his four decades of senior football, Kenny bluntly responded: "No - absolutely not.

"I never envisaged when we came back last January for pre-season what lay ahead. No-one could have, but you get all sorts of challenges in life.

"I've been in business before where things have gone under. People re-group and go on to manage again. Time is great healer."

Kenny's announcement overshadowed a match in which three penalties were awarded, with Peter Cherrie's injury-time spot-kick save preventing Galway from snatching all three points.

Kevin Devaney gave the Tribesmen the lead on 14 minutes, but Bray then took control as Jason Marks equalised three minutes later before striking again just after the break to give them the lead.

The game continued to ebb and flow as Ronan Murray levelled from the spot, Aaron Greene restored Bray's advantage from another penalty and Devaney equalised again before Cherrie stopped Murray's 92nd-minute penalty.

Bray Wanderers - Cherrie; Rogers (Foran 58), Kenna (Heffernan 87), Douglas, Moore; Sullivan, Salmon (Pender 76); Brennan, Noone, Marks; Greene.

Galway United - Winn; Byrne, Folan, Horgan; Devaney (Shanahan 90 + 1), Hale, Cawley, Ludden; Holohan (Melody 80), Murray; McCormack (Cunningham 63).

Ref - T Connolly (Dublin)

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