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Mick Cooke may fly to Seagulls' rescue after Mathews walks


Mick Cooke

Mick Cooke


Mick Cooke

Mick Cooke is the front-runner to become the new Bray Wanderers manager after Alan Mathews quit his post in acrimonious circumstances yesterday.

Having failed to pick up a point from their opening five league games, Mathews' opted to depart the club on his terms. Yet he didn't go quietly.

Instead, the former Longford, Cork and Drogheda manager strongly criticised the manner in which the club is being run via a hard-hitting statement that was signed by his entire backroom staff, who resigned in unison with their manager.

One key area of contention is that Mathews has claimed that he, and his backroom team, have been unpaid.

Mathews' statement read: "As a management team believe that there is a complete breakdown in communication, appreciation and toleration of our roles.

"While acknowledging that results have been disappointing, both staff and players have been working tirelessly to improve on this and were prepared to keep working to achieve a solution. Unfortunately circumstances beyond our control have now prevailed and the position of the entire management team (who remain unpaid) has become untenable.

"We wish to disassociate ourselves with the direction the Football Club is heading under the current stewardship and we can no longer serve the Club in a professional manner.

"It is with regret that we have taken this decision...Our concern is that football too will suffer unless the club is re-organised and re-structured to realise the potential Bray Wanderers FC has.

"This matter is now in the hands of our solicitors and we will make no further comment," concluded the statement.

Irish Independent