Tribesmen put whole squad on market in attempt to cut €1m debt
Published 23/06/2011 | 05:00
GALWAY United have put their entire first-team squad on the transfer list as they continue to battle to bring down their €1m debt.
The Tribesmen have lost their last 13 matches and are anchored to the foot of the Airtricity League Premier Division table.
Manager Sean Connor, his staff and players had not been paid in three weeks at their last pay cheque, and although they received some money on Tuesday, the club held discussions with the FAI and players' union the PFAI yesterday in a bid to solve the issue.
As a result, the club will allow any of their 11 professional players to leave if there is interest from other parties when the transfer window opens on July 1.
Supporters' trust GUST took over the running of the club during the close season and have been trying to reduce the debt left by the previous regime, but their cash flow has been stretched by disappointing gates at Terryland Park.
They settled their revenue bill before the season began and have paid off all of their footballing creditors. Their current focus is on paying off the Galway FA, who own the ground, and local businesses to whom they owe money.
GUST's main aim is to secure United's long-term future and they will launch a summer of fundraising in an attempt to keep the club afloat beginning with a flag day in the city centre on Saturday, but their Premier Division future looks perilous as they prepare to lose their best players.
Meanwhile, the Shamrock Rovers player accused of racially abusing Derry City's Eamon Zayed will go before an independent committee after the FAI's Disciplinary Control Unit (DCU) called for a hearing.
The DCU has received submissions from both clubs and has deemed the allegations serious enough to appoint a committee to hear the case.
The player in question has denied the charge and the Hoops have backed him.
Manager Michael O'Neill has admitted the player made an abusive remark but said it wasn't racist in nature.
The committee will also investigate allegations that Zayed was racially abused by spectators during the 1-1 draw on June 13, while St Patrick's Athletic will also be asked to defend allegations that their fans also abused the Libyan international during their draw on June 10.
Derry have been notified of the DCU's decision and will be invited to attend the hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.