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Liam Daish reveals Ebbsfleet United pay-cut at forum

Liam Daish (pic courtesy of Ebbsfleet United)
Daish has been at Stonebridge Road for five years

Ebbsfleet manager Liam Daish has revealed at a fans forum that he took a pay-cut last year and that his entire squad are out of contract this summer.

Around 200 supporters attended the event which was broadcast on BBC Radio Kent and discussed matters largely centred around the MyFootballClub deal.

It was put to Daish that he was on £75,000 a year.

But he said: "I'm not going to say how much of a wage drop I took but you're far out with that figure."

Fleet had just three players under contract after last season and Daish said: "You tell me what the solution is. It's to learn from the situation we had last year. If something doesn't change it is going to happen again."

Ebbsfleet United supporters had gathered at the forum to discuss the club's future.

The club is owned by a members' website, MyFootballClub and for many the renewal date is 19 February.

Jessica McQueen, who represents MyFC, said: "I don't think we should throw MyFC out but the next three months could be the turning point."

One of the subjects to come up was a question about why the club are paying £40,000 a year for the Fleet Leisure facility, even though the club no longer train there.

Director Brian Kilcullen explained: "There are new people involved at Fleet Leisure now. So MyFootballClub signed a contract to buy the club and that is part of the purchase consideration. Unfortunately for them their renewals have gone down to where we are today."

The majority of members of MyFootballClub will decide this month whether to renew and chairman Duncan Holt outlined the importance of renewing.

He said: "We can exist with 5,000 members. We've got about 8,500 at the moment. 2,500 have signed up to long-term deals and about 4,200 are up for renewal on Friday."



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