Saturday 15 December 2018

Drogheda players may go on strike

Daniel McDonnell and Neil Ahern

DROGHEDA UNITED players will have showdown talks with chairman Vincent Hoey this morning before deciding if they will play tomorrow night's match with St Patrick's Athletic.

Strike action has been contemplated since last week when the squad failed to receive close to 30pc of their wage -- the arrangement they had with the club to help them through the examinership forced by their financial state.

Instead, they got €200 each in cash and, angry with the communication breakdown with their employers, they are now considering drastic action but will meet with Hoey today before finalising their position.

Negotiations

They may play under protest as it is the final match of the league season and further negotiations will need to follow. Drogheda are facing a race against time to reimburse the players the balance from their agreed wage deferrals as that arrangement only runs until the season finishes.

If debts to employees still exist on November 30 then Drogheda are unlikely to gain a Premier Division licence next season. Hoey has admitted that the situation is bleak.

"We're in examinership and if the examiner hasn't money he can't pay them," says Hoey.

A number of employees, including manager Paul Doolin, had their phones taken away this week while players have been given leave to seek new employment with Eamonn Zayed and Adam Hughes playing trials in South Korea.

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