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Oldham Athletic fail to pay players' wages

Oldham Athletic

Oldham Athletic have confirmed their players have not received their wages for February.

A statement on the club website said the squad were not paid because of a "cash-flow issue" but it would be "resolved within the next three days".

"I wouldn't call it an absolute crisis but it's true that the players haven't been paid on Friday," chief executive Alan Hardy told BBC Radio Manchester.

"All I can say is this a short-term problem," he added.

Earlier this month, the Latics had plans for a proposed move to Failsworth rejected by the Charity Commission.

The Commission stated it was "not satisfied" that the proposed swap from Boundary Park was in the interests of the charity.

And Hardy says the wage situation is a direct effect of the stadium setback.

"The problem has been created by the withdrawal of development investors after Oldham council failed to get permission from the Charity Commission for the swap of the land from trust status at Failsworth," he said.

"The ground has not been sold, the club has not been sold. It's a fact the club is available to the right people if somebody comes along and wants to take the club forward. "

Hardy added that the club would consider a move away from the Oldham area in order to secure a new stadium.

"A move out of the borough is still a possibility no doubt about it. Whatever we do we've got to get something sorted very quickly otherwise the situation will not improve," he said.

The fans should be worried - I'm worried. I don't want to see the club in a situation like this

Oldham chief executive Alan Hardy

"We know the situation with the land at Failsworth and what happened to that and the Charity Commission and the ideal scenario is to stay in Oldham but if people can't find us a site suitable then the only alternative is to move out.

"The fans should be worried - I'm worried. I don't want to see the club in a situation like this, but we're faced with this situation and we've got to try and and do our best to get out of it."

On the pitch, Paul Dickov's side suffered a heavy 5-0 home defeat by Peterborough United on Saturday which leaves them in eighth place in League One, six points off the play-off zone.



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