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O'Connor: Bray need strong manager
07 Jul 2015 07:07
Bray Wanderers Chairman Denis O’Connor has said that acquiring a "strong" manager and players will solve the problems that have dogged the club over the last four months.
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The SSE Airtricity League Premier Division club has been in crisis this season with three managers taking charge so far, in addition to midfielder David Cassidy standing in for two games.
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Trevor Croly became the latest to depart this week, leaving after overseeing three wins in seven games and bringing the club within touching distance of the top half of the table.
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Speaking as a guest on RTÉ Sport's Soccer Republic, O’Connor said that there was a process under way which would lead to a change of ownership, and that substantial funds would become available to the club when that process was completed.
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He said: “We have got to get the right management and the right players in. This is no reflection on the current players. We are going to have to get some strong players in and use to that to....my ambition is to this season finish in the top half and next season to go much higher.”
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Bray won their most recent fixture despite the lack of a manager, beating Limerick 1-0. Speaking after that result, midfielder David Cassidy said that the squad had been left to their own devices and had lost faith in the club.
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"The Carlisle Grounds will never get involved with developers until someone like Wicklow County Council says it’s okay"
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Cassidy, who coached the team from the stands this week, said: “We’re by ourselves. We’ve no trust or faith in the club anymore. We’ve had four managers [sic] in the space of four months, which is unacceptable.
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"They are not managers who have been sacked they are managers who have walked out of the club which as players is completely unacceptable."
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O’Connor admitted that there had been communication problems. He reiterated that the appointment of a strong manager was key.
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He said: "The dressing room belongs to the manager, so we’ve got to appoint a strong manager. One that we believe in and one that the players believe in and I think that’s what we are about to do. We will have a good strong team appointed by the manager, not by us, and our job is to support the manager as he deals with the dressing room."
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Speaking about the problems with the payment of wages, O’Connor added that he had written to players detailing how and when payments would take place in future.
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He said: “It was really administrative stuff that caused this problem. That annoys me. My background is to be organised. There are (only) so many things you can do in a day and that’s it. I’ve actually written them down in my diary, they're going to happen.”
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O’Connor also denied that property development was part of his plan for the future of the club or the Carlisle Grounds.
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He said: “The story about the Carlisle Grounds and this continuous development thing is an absolute farce. The Carlisle Grounds was owned by Bray Council and is now owned by Wicklow County Council. It is leased to the football club on a peppercorn rent – or a nominal rent - and one of the conditions is that football must be played on it.
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"The Carlisle Grounds will never get involved with developers until someone like Wicklow County Council says it’s okay.”
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