Bray Wanderers manager Alan Mathews and his backroom staff have resigned en masse from the Wicklow club, citing a 'complete breakdown' in communication with the board.

The move comes 15 months after Mathews took over at the Carlisle Grounds, replacing long-term manager Pat Devlin.

Bray have endured a painful start to the season and sit rooted to the bottom of the Airtricity League Premier Division with no points and no goals from their first five games.

A strongly-worded statement, signed by Mathews and his staff, hinted at major problems behind the scenes at Bray, claiming that  the management team have gone unpaid.

The statement read: "We have resigned our positions today with immediate effect.

"We 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."

As well as claiming that the team's management had gone unpaid, the statement said that players had suffered delays in payments.

"Sadly with the delays in payments to a group of very professional and dedicated players, morale has been further eroded.

"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.

"The matter is now in the hands of our solicitors and we will make no further comment."