The entire Bray scenario is a mess. Would take hours to explain it all so ill do my best. Bray were bought over by hoteliers with absoultely zero interest in football. They are on record as saying they want the site the Carlisle Grounds is on and they promise to build Bray a new stadium outside of Bray (Yeah right) but Wicklow County Council in fairness to them can see through it and are not budging that the Carlisle Grounds has to remain a sports and recreational facility.
The thinking is that if Bray fold there will be no reason for the council to hold onto the ground and they can build their hotel and apartments on the site. So they have committed to these contracts that they can’t afford and they attempted to get the ball moving with the “we’ve no more money to pay and it’s the fans fault” story midway through last season.
They will without question try and pull the plug again this season. Bray have a core support of about 350 lads. They never had big crowds. To say they thought signing a few top players would increase the attendance dramatically is naive at best. People in Wicklow just aren’t into their sports. That’s not a slur it’s just a fact. Most of Brays fans come from South Dublin and with the introduction of Cabinteely into the LOI that has eaten into their catchment area.
I’m sorry I’m fully aware that hasn’t explained the goings on at Bray well enough as it is such a mess. The FAI and Fran Gavin in particular are a shambles. They shouldn’t have allowed the owners to take over in the first place, their intentions were clear from.the outset, and then they should not have been given a licence again this season. It’s a total mess.
I don’t think anyone in the history of employment is as bad at their job as Fran Gavin.