Bray managerial announcement expected tomorrow with Cousins among three front-runners.
Article by Kieran Burke - @KieranBTS
Between the Stripes understands that Bray Wanderers are likely to make an announcement on their new first-team manager tomorrow, with three contenders in the mix for the post vacated by Harry Kenny at the end of the 2017 season.
Eagerly awaiting the call from the Wicklow club are Dave Mackey, Maciej Tarnogrodzki and former Longford Town boss Tony Cousins.
Following the resignation of another ex-Longford manager Alan Mathews in 2015, Tarnogrodzki stepped in as interim manager at the Carlisle Grounds and was relatively successful during his short stint in charge. However, without the appropriate badges at this time, the Pole was forced to return to managing the clubs under-19 side, who he left for UCD’s under-19’s in 2016.
Mackey is also another man with experience of the Carlise Grounds having filled multiple roles in the clubs underage section over the course of six-years. Departing the ‘’Seagulls’’ in 2013, UEFA listed coach Mackey was most recently the assistant manager at Cabinteely under Pat Devlin.
As for Tony Cousins, the Dubliner also spent time with Wanderers as a player, although the former Liverpool striker failed to make a single appearance in his twelve month spell with the club due to injury prior to retiring. Out of work since mutually departing relegation doomed Longford Town in 2016, the former Galway United boss is extremely keen to get back into League of Ireland management according to sources close to the forty-eight-year-old.
Regardless of who is chosen to lead the crisis club into the new ten-team Premier Division for 2018, the majority of LOI pundits and fans have already condemned the ‘’Seagulls’’ to relegation next season with the Wicklow club only having five players signed up ahead of the new year. One of those players is want-away midfielder Keith Buckley, who has publicly slammed the clubs lack of organisation and communication ahead of pre-season, with a date still yet to be set for a return to training and as of yet no pre-season friendlies are believed to be arranged.
With media reports emerging this week regarding an approach to St.Pat’s owner Garrett Kelleherto buy a majority share in Bray, off-field headlines are set to dominate the Premier Division outfit well into the new year after a 2017 season filled with board-room and financial turmoil.