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Pat Devlin hits out at Bray Wanderers 'disloyalty' following his removal as manager of the club

Updated: Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 20:00 | Comments

Pat Devlin will remain on as a shareholder of the Airtricity Premier Division club
Pat Devlin will remain on as a shareholder of the Airtricity Premier Division club

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Former Bray Wanderers boss Pat Devlin has hit out at the club's decision to replace him with Alan Mathews - a player he once managed.  

Devlin expressed his disappointment at what he called the club's "disloyalty".  

He said there had been an arguement with the club's directors, about budget issues and the lack of support available to players.

However, Devlin was not expecting to be replaced, and was shocked at how the whole situation was handled.

"I have always tried to be fair in my dealings with players and staff and I had hoped that others would act in a like manner" - Pat Devlin

In a lengthy statement, Devlin said: "After many great years of involvement I am extremely disappointed that I will not be involved with Bray Wanderers for the 2014 Airtricity League season.

"During those great years I am proud of my service as a player, manager, director of football and shareholder at the club.

"My record as manager includes two FAI Cup wins, First Division titles as well as participation in European club football. I am proud of my work too in bringing in sponsorship and other financial resources to the club over a long period of time. 

"It brought great satisfaction to me too that following the play-off win against Longford Town last November, Bray Wanderers will participate in the Premier Division of the Airtricity League of Ireland for the tenth consecutive year.

"The achievement, along with the other achievements during my time with Bray, could not have happened without the commitment and loyalty of those players who played under me as well as the coaches and backroom staff who worked with me. All of these became very good friends to me.

"I would like to sincerely thank all the loyal supporters of Bray Wanderers FC who followed us through good times and difficult ones and were instrumental in bringing us through many tight situations on the field. This support was very much appreciated by the players, staff and me. 

"I am also grateful to the members of the media for their coverage of my involvement with Bray down through the years. 

"I am extremely disappointed that loyalty has not been recognised and staff and a number of players have not had promised commitments delivered upon by the club.

"I have worked extremely hard behind the scenes over the last number of weeks to try and have these commitments delivered upon by the club but regretfully to no avail. 

"My disappointment is compounded by the fact that a new management team has now been put in place without previous commitments being delivered upon.

"I have always tried to be fair in my dealings with players and staff and I had hoped that others would act in a like manner. 

"I will not forget those players and staff effected and I will still try and ensure that their promised commitments are being delivered upon as quickly as possible. 

"As a shareholder I still have a vested interest in Bray Wanderers FC and in ensuring that the club acts in the interest of players, staff and fans alike. 

"I will continue to be a supporter of the club and I would like to wish the club every good wish for the future." 

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