Saturday 15 December 2018

Martin Russell has pop at FAI as he steps down as Bray manager

Bray Wanderers manager Martin Russell. Photo: Sportsfile
Bray Wanderers manager Martin Russell. Photo: Sportsfile
Martin Russell. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile newsdesk

Martin Russell last night expressed his "deep regret" as he resigned as manager of embattled Bray Wanderers.

Bottom of the Airtricity League Premier Division and facing the possibility of a players' strike over unpaid wages, the Seagulls go into tomorrow's match against Bohemians with Graham Kelly as caretaker manager.

"I would like to thank all the staff, supporters and players for their efforts whilst at the club," wrote Russell in a statement last night. "It has been a trying time for everyone concerned and highlights once again the lack of a proper football industry that we can all aspire to."

The former UCD and Limerick manager expressed his gratitude to owner Gerry Mulvey.

"Gerry has always been honest with me, but unfortunately promises made to him have constantly been reneged on and, despite his tireless efforts, he has been unable to find enough support throughout the business world and the FAI in order to bring matters to a viable resolution," added Russell.

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