The EFL have issued a statement regarding the on-going financial problems plaguing Macclesfield Town, stating they are in ‘open and ongoing dialogue’ with the club.
It has been a recurring theme of this season in the lower tiers of the Football League of financial woe and impending sanctions because of it. The latest team to be struggling in this aspect of the game is Macclesfield Town, with the EFL fully aware of the ongoing problems at Moss Rose.
The problems have surfaced more and more regularly as the season has progressed with the most major incident coming last week when it was revealed that the players and staff were to go on strike over unpaid wages for the month of October, putting their recent FA Cup tie against Kingstonian at risk of postponement.
That game went ahead as scheduled at the weekend and the non-league side ran out comfortable 4-0 winners as the Silkmen were forced to field an extremely weakened lineup with the majority of the senior playing-squad on strike.
The EFL’s statement outlines that they understand the current financial issues surrounding the club and the problems they are actively trying to overcome.
They also state: “With this in mind, the EFL has now commenced a formal investigation under EFL Regulation 63.7 in light of further allegations made by both the players and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) in respect of non-payment of wages.”
These are without doubt worrying times for everyone affiliated with Macclesfield Town and there will definitely be a hope amongst everyone in football that we don’t see a repeat of the tragic events that took place at Bury Football Club at the beginning of the season.
While the players did strike against Kingstonian on Saturday, that game did present a great chance for the club to generate some much-needed funds by putting a run together.
The game against Shrewsbury tomorrow in the Leasing.com Trophy could see the Silkmen go through to the next round with a win so it could be chance for more money injected into the club.