Southend United players wait for November pay

Echo: Skipper Chris Barker (pictured) and his Blues team-mates have not been paid for November Skipper Chris Barker (pictured) and his Blues team-mates have not been paid for November

SOUTHEND United’s players have gone in to their last three games without having been paid their November salaries, the Echo can reveal.

The Blues squad were due to receive their wages on Friday, November 30.

But all of them had still not been paid by yesterday lunchtime.

“It’s nothing new now, but the players and most of the staff were still waiting to be paid their wages for November,” said a source close to the club.

“It’s a very frustrating situation for all concerned and nobody is entirely sure when they are going to get paid either.

“It’s obviously being spoken about quite regularly, but everyone deserves great credit for the way they are continuing to perform in these difficult circumstances.”

Blues made it 10 games without defeat by drawing 0-0 at Fleetwood Town on Saturday and Paul Sturrock’s side have also risen up in to the play-off places, despite the off field difficulties.

The club were not available to comment on the situation.

Meanwhile, Blues have moved to ease fans fears after being subjected to a winding up order from HMRC.

Details of the petition were published online over the weekend.

But a club spokesman insisted that the debt was no longer outstanding and there was no case to be answered.

“Everything has now been sorted with this and we have it in writing that the debt has been paid,” said the spokesman.

“The case is due to be heard today but nobody from the club will be in attendance because it’s all been resolved.”

Blues have had many battles with HMRC in recent seasons and had to pay off a debt of £2.15million in November 2009 to avoid being put in to administration.

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4:07pm Mon 10 Dec 12

supershrimper says...

"The club were not available to comment on the situation"

Funny that. I wonder when Ron Martin will start getting his act together and do something for the good of the club. In spite of many transfers resulting in money being brought into the club, no money has been spent on players in a very long time. I wish Martin would sell the club to somebody who could help move it forwards.

He never speaks in public anymore which is yet another sign that all is not as it should be. We don't need a new stadium either - read:

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"The club were not available to comment on the situation" Funny that. I wonder when Ron Martin will start getting his act together and do something for the good of the club. In spite of many transfers resulting in money being brought into the club, no money has been spent on players in a very long time. I wish Martin would sell the club to somebody who could help move it forwards. He never speaks in public anymore which is yet another sign that all is not as it should be. We don't need a new stadium either - read: http://www.echo-news .co.uk/news/readerle tters/9248275.Forget _Fossetts_Farm_and_g ive_Roots_Hall_a_fac elift/ supershrimper

4:34pm Mon 10 Dec 12

jolllyboy says...

Been here before haven't we..............
Been here before haven't we.............. jolllyboy

7:30pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Barnet Shrimper says...

What another disgrace.....just as the team is really doing well AND a AGM of the Club is taking place this evening at the Council offices.
I regret so much especially in view of this shocking and very unwelcome news, that I have not been able to attend this meeting
Frankly who wishes to be involved with an employer who doesn't pay contracted wages on time. ?.Ron Martin, you need to pay on time and tomorrow , if not tonight advise players, shareholders and the public alike what the situation is, why, and how you plan to stop this breach of integrity.
What another disgrace.....just as the team is really doing well AND a AGM of the Club is taking place this evening at the Council offices. I regret so much especially in view of this shocking and very unwelcome news, that I have not been able to attend this meeting Frankly who wishes to be involved with an employer who doesn't pay contracted wages on time. ?.Ron Martin, you need to pay on time and tomorrow , if not tonight advise players, shareholders and the public alike what the situation is, why, and how you plan to stop this breach of integrity. Barnet Shrimper

7:53pm Mon 10 Dec 12

supershrimper says...

Barnet Shrimper wrote:
What another disgrace.....just as the team is really doing well AND a AGM of the Club is taking place this evening at the Council offices.
I regret so much especially in view of this shocking and very unwelcome news, that I have not been able to attend this meeting
Frankly who wishes to be involved with an employer who doesn't pay contracted wages on time. ?.Ron Martin, you need to pay on time and tomorrow , if not tonight advise players, shareholders and the public alike what the situation is, why, and how you plan to stop this breach of integrity.
We can only dream about the last bit.
[quote][p][bold]Barnet Shrimper[/bold] wrote: What another disgrace.....just as the team is really doing well AND a AGM of the Club is taking place this evening at the Council offices. I regret so much especially in view of this shocking and very unwelcome news, that I have not been able to attend this meeting Frankly who wishes to be involved with an employer who doesn't pay contracted wages on time. ?.Ron Martin, you need to pay on time and tomorrow , if not tonight advise players, shareholders and the public alike what the situation is, why, and how you plan to stop this breach of integrity.[/p][/quote]We can only dream about the last bit. supershrimper

7:54pm Mon 10 Dec 12

supershrimper says...

Funny that there's nothing on the club website about this...
Funny that there's nothing on the club website about this... supershrimper

7:11am Tue 11 Dec 12

Ex-pat Shrimper says...

I seem to remember a certain Ron Martin telling fans that he will do more to communicate with fans.

Can't quote word for word as I tend to flush most of what he say's straight down the toilet. However, it went something like, we cant discuss everything with fans as sometimes matters are sensitive.

I guess this is why he hasn't explained why the players haven't yet been paid..... It's sensitive alright.... sensitive to the bloody players!

Come on Martin, don't handicap Sturrock in the same way that you did Tilson.

Sort it out or just f'off!
I seem to remember a certain Ron Martin telling fans that he will do more to communicate with fans. Can't quote word for word as I tend to flush most of what he say's straight down the toilet. However, it went something like, we cant discuss everything with fans as sometimes matters are sensitive. I guess this is why he hasn't explained why the players haven't yet been paid..... It's sensitive alright.... sensitive to the bloody players! Come on Martin, don't handicap Sturrock in the same way that you did Tilson. Sort it out or just f'off! Ex-pat Shrimper

4:21pm Tue 11 Dec 12

smudge65 says...

Disgraceful news. No wonder we can't hang on to players and who (given a choice) would want to sign for a club with finances like our's? Huge credit to the players and staff for putting together a great run with this hanging over them....like CP said they aren't Prem players on millions but journeymen who have families and bills to pay.
Ron Martin should be ashamed of himself.
Disgraceful news. No wonder we can't hang on to players and who (given a choice) would want to sign for a club with finances like our's? Huge credit to the players and staff for putting together a great run with this hanging over them....like CP said they aren't Prem players on millions but journeymen who have families and bills to pay. Ron Martin should be ashamed of himself. smudge65
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