Southend United chairman Ron Martin confirms late payment to players for November

Ron Martin - confirmed late payment to Blues players

Ron Martin - confirmed late payment to Blues players

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SOUTHEND United chairman Ron Martin has confirmed the club's players have been paid late for November.

Speaking at the club's annual meeting, Martin told shareholders the squad had not received their wages on time – as was revealed in Monday's Echosport.

But the chairman insisted he was disappointed about the situation.

“Nobody is more upset than me about the players not being paid on time,” said Martin.

“It isn't always easy to get the £100,000 we need every month to pay them and sometimes things that you're expecting to happen fall through.

“On November 29th a deal fell through that would have secured the wages would have been paid on time up until February.

“I know people say I should plan things better but that isn't always possible.

“I could cut the budget, which is about the sixth highest in League Two, and make it easier but we're an ambitious club who want to move forward.

“We want to get back in to League One and if we do that then our finances will improve.”

The Echo understands that some of the Blues squad were paid yesterday, 11 days later than expected, while the rest of them were due to receive their salaries courtesy of the gate receipts from last night's FA Cup replay against Bury at Roots Hall.

However, when quizzed by a shareholder, Martin failed to rule out late payment happening again.

“I can't promise that it won't happen again,” said Martin.

“I won't be able to do that until we get in to the new stadium.”

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12:13pm Wed 12 Dec 12

perini says...

“I won't be able to do that until we get in to the new stadium.”

I think Ron still believes in the Christmas fairy - new stadium coming no time soon.
“I won't be able to do that until we get in to the new stadium.” I think Ron still believes in the Christmas fairy - new stadium coming no time soon. perini
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12:48pm Wed 12 Dec 12

Ian-Shrimper20 says...

Keep on going like this there won't be a team to play in the new stadium, if indeed there ever is one!

Getting an absolute joke now - managed to cut out the wages (or at least in part) of players like Hall, Bilel, Dickinson, etc from the end of last year and this is still going on!

Why oh why did he not sell to that consortium back in the day?
Keep on going like this there won't be a team to play in the new stadium, if indeed there ever is one! Getting an absolute joke now - managed to cut out the wages (or at least in part) of players like Hall, Bilel, Dickinson, etc from the end of last year and this is still going on! Why oh why did he not sell to that consortium back in the day? Ian-Shrimper20
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12:54pm Wed 12 Dec 12

shoebury52 says...

Over paid anyway. 100 grand for a league 2 outfit is ridiculous,
Over paid anyway. 100 grand for a league 2 outfit is ridiculous, shoebury52
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1:05pm Wed 12 Dec 12

gerryinspain says...

its about time rm went he doing blues no good he is killing southend a slow death so go befor it is to late.and get some in befor its to late
its about time rm went he doing blues no good he is killing southend a slow death so go befor it is to late.and get some in befor its to late gerryinspain
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1:28pm Wed 12 Dec 12

southend_Dave says...

shoebury52 wrote:
Over paid anyway. 100 grand for a league 2 outfit is ridiculous,
Most of our players are on £1000 or under.

Theres one or two on a bit more but 100k for 20 players isnt actually that much.
[quote][p][bold]shoebury52[/bold] wrote: Over paid anyway. 100 grand for a league 2 outfit is ridiculous,[/p][/quote]Most of our players are on £1000 or under. Theres one or two on a bit more but 100k for 20 players isnt actually that much. southend_Dave
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11:04am Thu 13 Dec 12

Monkeytennis1 says...

RM is going nowhere not so long as there is still a glimmer of hope in his chase for the golden challis which is FF
When this eventually falls through you will not see him for dust..
RM is going nowhere not so long as there is still a glimmer of hope in his chase for the golden challis which is FF When this eventually falls through you will not see him for dust.. Monkeytennis1
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11:12am Thu 13 Dec 12

Ivanna Goodhump says...

Ths scenario looks ever more likely
to happen:

RM starts Fosset Farm development, gets ground broken and to point of no return.

Puts SUFC into receivership by calling in his other companies loans.

Tells Council no longer need for football ground, but as site desecrated no alternative than to continue to build retail park.

Council cave in as usual & we end up with the worst of all worlds.

As for RM thinking that a new stadium will miraculously overnight improve the finances, improve the players skills etc - he lives in cloud cuckoo land.
Ths scenario looks ever more likely to happen: RM starts Fosset Farm development, gets ground broken and to point of no return. Puts SUFC into receivership by calling in his other companies loans. Tells Council no longer need for football ground, but as site desecrated no alternative than to continue to build retail park. Council cave in as usual & we end up with the worst of all worlds. As for RM thinking that a new stadium will miraculously overnight improve the finances, improve the players skills etc - he lives in cloud cuckoo land. Ivanna Goodhump
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1:55pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Northampton Shrimper says...

Oooh, a new stadium? I seem to remember hearing something about a new stadium in the 1990's? Is it actually finally going to happen now? (sarcasm)
Oooh, a new stadium? I seem to remember hearing something about a new stadium in the 1990's? Is it actually finally going to happen now? (sarcasm) Northampton Shrimper
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5:42pm Fri 14 Dec 12

bluedazza777 says...

Do us all a favour and leave so we can find some1 that can run our club properly,always blaming some1else ron,we
all those good players because of all your mistakes,KEVIN MAHER remember him???so disrespectfull,whens his Testimonial??.YOU MY SON ARE A COMPLETE JOKE
Do us all a favour and leave so we can find some1 that can run our club properly,always blaming some1else ron,we all those good players because of all your mistakes,KEVIN MAHER remember him???so disrespectfull,whens his Testimonial??.YOU MY SON ARE A COMPLETE JOKE bluedazza777
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5:45pm Fri 14 Dec 12

bluedazza777 says...

lost lol
lost lol bluedazza777
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