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McGlynn on desperate Derry plight

Derry City's Gareth McGlynn and Shamrock Rovers' Ollie Cahill
McGlynn (right) in action against Shamrock Rovers earlier this season

Derry City midfielder Gareth McGlynn has spoken of the "desperate situation" the club's players find themselves in after eight weeks of unpaid wages.

"Boys are coming to me and saying that their mortgage payments are being missed," McGlynn told BBC Radio Foyle.

"They have car loans to pay and they are maxed out on their overdrafts.

"Two of the guys are getting married in December and they have a lot of bills coming up. Four or five of the boys are the sole providers for their families."

McGlynn added:"The players have young children and they have got to provide for those children and the others on the way.

"It's not a pretty picture for some of the guys and it's going to be a very quiet Christmas for a lot of them."

The Derry players have already faced eight weeks without wages but McGlynn acknowledges that there is is "no sign of any money" on the way.

"We are asking the board:'What do you want us to do? We will jump through hoops for you'.

The meetings (with the board) have been less than productive

Gareth McGlynn

"All we want in return is to find out when the next payment is going to arrive and how much.

"(But) The board haven't come forward with a plan to sort things out.

"The meetings (with the board) have been less than productive."

Despite the financial crisis, McGlynn insists that the Derry players have never considered going on strike as an option.

"It would be counter-productive. We don't want to damage Derry City Football Club and I think striking wouldn't work."

McGlynn added that he "sympathised" with the plight of club officials who are believed to have lost considerable sums of money they had invested in the club.

"To put your life savings in and to see them diminishing is terrible."

McGlynn concluded by saying that the Derry players have received "fantastic" support from the club's supporters during the crisis.

"The public have got behind us. Derry City is a community club. Everybody wants Derry City to remain in the League of Ireland Premier Division."

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