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Weymouth boss fears player exodus

Alan Lewer
Lewer has been in charge at the Wessex Stadium for three months

Weymouth boss Alan Lewer expects the majority of his first-team players to leave after the club failed to pay them by Monday's midnight deadline.

The players, who previously issued a 14-day demand to be paid, have not received any wages at all in 2009.

Lewer told BBC Radio Solent he expects to be told that the club will be going into administration or liquidation.

Virtually the entire first team refused to play on Saturday, and the club's youth team lost 9-0 to Rushden.

A Football Association spokesman has confirmed they are investigating unusual betting patterns surrounding the match at the weekend.

They will speak to all parties involved in an investigation which will likely take several months.

Meanwhile, some of Weymouth's squad are moving quickly to secure their futures with other clubs.

Lewer said: "I do know that the players haven't been paid, so they've all left the football club.

"Danny Knowles looks like he might sign for Woking, Kevin Sandwith looks like he's going to Oxford United, Santos Gaia to Salisbury, Chris McPhee to Kidderminster, Ryan Williams to Mansfield and Sam Cutler to Macclesfield.

"James Coutts might be off to Galway, and Lee Philips has got three clubs after him. So there may be two and three players that we could bring back.

"I'm going in to see who's at the club to give many direction as to where we go."

The Rushden match was also due to be the last of Lewer's reign as boss as he had already told the board that he would be leaving, but after Saturday's defeat he said he would not leave the club in the mire and would try to bring players in.

Chief executive Gary Calder is also quitting the Terras.

And for some time, Weymouth's players have been allowed to leave the club if they receive offers of work.

The club, which has debts of about £300,000, has issued a million shares, worth 50 pence each, in an effort to raise funds.

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