Ilkeston players frustrated by lack of wages

Matt Baker says the players still want to play despite not being paid.
Matt Baker says the players still want to play despite not being paid.
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Ilkeston FC’s players will hold crunch talks with the club’s owner Nigel Harrop this week after it emerged that many haven’t been paid for up to three months.

It is understood that a vast majority of the club’s playing and non-playing staff have been affected by the ongoing problems behind the scenes at the New Manor Ground that have seen wages delayed since as far back as December.

Robins skipper Matt Baker says that whilst the players remain keen to play for the club irrespective of whether they are being paid or not, it’s been a source of frustration.

He said: “With the ethos being as it is, the lads here are keen to play and get themselves in the shop window so it’s not always about the money.

“But with them being full-time it’s the only real source of income they have so clearly not being paid has an effect.

“We’re often given dates as to when we’ll get paid but for whatever reason it hasn’t been happening and we’re keen to see it resolved.

“Things are tough at the moment as it is and this kind of situation doesn’t help us, although when it comes to match day we are absolutely focused on the job in hand and any talk about the money side of things stops.

“There is a meeting scheduled this week so hopefully it can be sorted out.”

Speaking to the Advertiser on Wednesday, Harrop acknowledged the problems and emphasised his keenness to see things rectified as soon as possible.

He said: “I’m confident the issue will be sorted by the weekend. Over the last few months I’ve been working diligently to move the club on, and am actively seeking people interested in taking the club off my hands and taking it forward.

“I’ll assist in any way possible. The current situation is hurting too many good people which was never my intention.

“The cost of running a club like this is huge and we’ve also suffered from not making anything like the money people think we have from things like the Che Adams transfer, so I’m hopeful things will improve and the club can move on soon.”