Cork City FC say they will not be in a position to pay staff beyond next week

Cork City Football Club have released a statement to say that they would no longer be in a position to pay staff beyond next week.

The club say that because of the league shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, along with the now shortened season, they've had to take measures to secure the long term future of the club.

The statement says:

"The club has informed all players and a number of our staff and coaches that they will be paid in full, as normal, next week, however, the club will not be in a position to continue paying their wages beyond that point. We will work with our staff with regard to the recently announced government funding for workers affected by this unprecedented crisis and do everything we can to help and support them.

We believe that this action, while regrettable, is the most prudent approach we can take to ensure that the club will be in a position to offer employment once the football resumes."

Club chairman Declan Carey said 

“These are extremely difficult and unprecedented times. The board has daily discussions on the latest financial position of the club and this decision was not an easy one.

"We are responsible to our shareholders to make these difficult decisions in the best interests of the overall future of the club.

"We hope things can return to some level of normality soon, however, we urge all our supporters to continue to help the club through this next period of uncertainty through buying merchandise, and supporting our online fundraising initiatives.”

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