SOUTHEND United’s staff are due to pick up their December pay packets on Friday.

However, the majority of the backroom staff are still waiting to be paid for November Echosport understands.

The first team squad and managerial staff have been paid but those working behind the scenes at Roots Hall have not had their salaries since being paid for October.

A popular member of the backroom team has also handed in his notice and will be leaving towards the start of January.

The Shrimpers remain in a transfer embargo due to a winding up petition issued by HMRC.

The petition was adjourned at the start of November but Blues will back in court in mid-January.

Despite the off field issues the Shrimpers sit sixth in the National League ahead of Sunday’s clash at Bromley.