Players praised as wages wait goes on

Shaun Goater praised his players attitude despite them not having been paid for three months.
Shaun Goater praised his players attitude despite them not having been paid for three months.

The wage dispute affecting players and staff at Ilkeston FC is yet to be resolved - but there could be light at the end of the tunnel.

As reported last week, Robins staff haven’t been paid since December and despite assurances from the club’s owner Nigel Harrop that the problem would be rectified before Saturday’s game with Grantham, that failed to happen.

However, with rumours rife around the New Manor Ground that a takeover of the club could be imminent, it is hoped all monies owed will be paid in due course should the club’s financial situation improve.

While no news of any takeover has been confirmed by anyone at the club, sources have told the Advertiser that advanced talks are taking place with a view to a deal being done in the coming weeks.

Manager Shaun Goater said: “It’s been a difficult time for everyone at the club - the players, owners, staff and fans - but we are aware there could be a positive outcome in the near future.

“We have to see this period through and we will be better for it. The players have shown a great attitude despite not being paid and I’m grateful to them for that.

“In terms of the relegation battle, we will fight until it’s mathematically impossible for us to stay up, and even after that I’ll be looking to see just what kind of character the players have for the challenges ahead.

“We want to see the season out strongly because come the end of the season I want to be able to see who the fighters are and who will get stuck in and see it through.

“I’ve not been able to bring any new faces in yet but I anticipate that changing in the coming days so we may be able to freshen things up.”