The Galway United Supporters Trust have applied to the FAI to form a new football club. If their bid for a First Division licence succeeds it may signal the end of the current club Galway United.
The supporters group have been instrumental in running the club over the last few years but revealed last night that they are ending their agreement with the club’s directors.
In 2011, Galway finished bottom of the league with just six points, and the supporters group had to raise a huge amount of money to keep the club afloat.
The Trust claim that there is very little prospect of the current club getting a licence for next season. So they expect the present club to wind up and they will back a new team that will start life in the second tier of Irish football.
The Galway United directors responded this afternoon by stating they are withdrawing their licence application for 2012.
They said: “Following the extremely late decision by GUST to withdraw from the transitional agreement to run Galway United Football Club, the directors are left with no option but to withdraw their application for a licence for the Airtricity League 2012 season.
“The ensuing 12 months will allow the club to assess strategic and infrastructural changes that are required to be made ahead of an application for the 2013 season.
“A decision will then be taken as to the best route forward for soccer in Galway and discussions will take place with all stakeholders.”