Martin Russell resigns as Bray Wanderers players prepare for strike action next week

Thu, Jul 19 2018

Russell worked under Graham Kelly as a consultant before taking over the reins last month. Credit: Michael P Ryan

Martin Russell has resigned as manager of Bray Wanderers with immediate effect after just six weeks and four games in the job.

The Dubliner leaves the Seagulls less than 48 hours before they meet Bohemians in a potentially season-defining game before the players commence strike action for next week's meeting with Cork City.

Russell finishes a record of four points from his four games in charge, with the sole win coming in his last game in charge against Sligo Rovers 11 days ago.

Graham Kelly will take over once more as caretaker manager, a position he filled until last month, when the maximum period of 60 days he can manage without a UEFA Pro License elapsed.

Russell had assisted the long-time Wanderers clubman in a consultancy role since April but it's unclear who will assist Kelly in light of recent events at the club.

A statement posted on the club's website in Russell's name read: “Due to the constraints and unrealistic circumstances that have unfolded in recent times at Bray Wanderers, it is with deep regret that I have made the decision to resign as manager.

“I would like to thank all the staff, supporters and players for their efforts whilst at the club. It has been a trying time for everyone concerned and highlights once again the lack of a proper football industry that we can all aspire to.

“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Gerry Mulvey, the club’s chairman who, like myself, staff, players and supporters, is as much a victim of the sorry state of affairs that we find ourselves in.

“Gerry has always been honest with me, but unfortunately promises made to him have constantly been reneged on and, despite his tireless efforts, he has been unable to find enough support throughout the business world and the FAI in order to bring matters to a viable resolution.

“I believe Gerry has always wanted something beneficial for football to come out of his involvement with Bray Wanderers and its participation in the Airtricity League.

“With a variety of agendas and uncooperative and restrictive measures taken, the role of managing and concentrating on winning football matches has left me at this point.

“I really hope that the great game we all love and follow does manage to find a better way but, at this moment in time, it’s impossible for me to be a manager in the current environment.”