City players told wages will be paid ‘prior to Christmas’

CORK CITY have said that they will pay outstanding wages before Christmas, having missed Monday’s deadline for payments owed to current and former players.

The amount owed to the players is understood to be €150,000.

According to a statement issued by the club last night: “Cork City FC will complete wage payments to all staff in the coming days and, in consultation with the relevant persons involved, will have all persons settled to mutual satisfaction prior to Christmas.”

Said the club’s General Manager Liam Meaney: “There are lean times facing us all in the coming season. We will be fair to all and my job is to make sure that the money that is available is used prudently.

“Financially the club is facing a difficult number of months ahead and I would like to thank the club staff and players, the majority of whom have been very understanding and supportive.”

Confirming that its members at Cork had not received their monies due, the professional footballers’ union said last night that City players were adopting a wait-and-see policy.

But should their money not come through before Christmas, as promised by the club, the PFAI said that, in concert with the supporters’ group FORAS, the union would be making its hardship fund available to members in Cork City who need it.

On the managerial front, Roddy Collins met with chairman Tom Coughlan in Cork yesterday but, if it is to go ahead as planned, it now appears that the Dubliner’s appointment as City’s new boss will not be confirmed until the other side of Christmas.

Said Liam Meaney last night: “We are continuing to work hard behind the scenes and will be announcing a new manager and main sponsors in the coming weeks.”

Meanwhile, the Club Licensing Committee meets today in Dublin to review progress in licence applications for the 2010 season but, with the final deadline not falling until the end of January, it remains to be seen if any action will be taken against Cork City in the meantime.


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