Saturday 23 February 2019

Cash crisis hits Limerick as player exits loom

CRITIC: Brendan Clarke
CRITIC: Brendan Clarke

Limerick FC will summon their players for a meeting with club officials today in a bid to outline the survival plan which the Blues hope allow the club see out the season.

But player exits are almost certain to happen as Limerick plan to reduce wages and let some players go, something which will have a huge blow to their chances of avoiding a relegation battle.

Tommy Barrett's side are on a relatively decent run, just one defeat in their last four games and that was against champions Cork City.

But the club are suffering badly from reduced gate receipts and also issues in getting payments from sponsors, while chairman Pat O'Sullivan has repeatedly stressed the need for more investment in the club from outside his own resources.

The squad were told before their last game, Friday's 1-1 draw at home to Bohemians, that they would be paid their wages for May early this week, but that the board could not guarantee funding to pay wages for the rest of the season. "Everyone's now been landed in the bullshit stereotypical League of Ireland situation which is embarrassing. It's a real eye opener for some of younger lads in the squad," said keeper Brendan Clarke.

Limerick had a gate of 2,225 for their first home gate of the season but the attendance had dropped to 1,100 for the most recent home match. The Blues have just two home games in the next eight weeks.

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