Article by Kieran Burke – @KieranBTS
Bray Wanderers star Keith Buckley found himself at the centre of a Twitter spat today, after the “Seagulls” midfielder hit out at the lack of updates coming from his employers in regards to the forthcoming 2018 campaign. Supporters of the Wicklow based side, and indeed League of Ireland followers in general, have been left to ponder regarding Wanderers situation for next season with the club still manager-less following Harry Kenny’s resignation at the tail-end of last season. In fact, at present Bray Wanderers are one of very few LOI clubs yet to announce any new additions to the first-team squad, with Ryan Brennan deciding to switch alliances to Premier Division rivals St.Pat’s in recent weeks.
Twenty-five-year-old, Buckley is one of a number of Bray Wanderers players who were signed by the club on two-year contracts. With the upcoming 2018 season included in those contracts, which also cover the likes of Mark Salmon and Aaron Greene in the Bray squad, answers are being demanded regarding the lack of activity at the Carlise Grounds as Christmas fast approaches.
Taking aim at the clubs official Twitter account, Buckley posted the following:
Responding almost instantly, Bray Wanderers official Twitter account hit back, clearly irate at the fact the midfielder had directed his fury at what the admin described as a fan/volunteer run account.
Following up on that response, the Bray Wanderers FC admin had this to say to a disgruntled supporter, while ex-Bohemians man Buckley remained tagged in the conversation his original tweet had kicked-off.
It remains to be seen whether Buckley will face action from his employers over what is clearly a poor piece of PR for the Wicklow club, who dominated the headlines for all the wrong reasons last season. Disputes over ownership, fans protests and an ever growing sense of suspicion regarding the clubs plans for long-time home, the Carlise Grounds seemed to play a major role in the “Seagulls” poor second half of the season form as Harry Kenny’s men missed out on the much needed financial boost of European qualification.