By Adam Summers
Wednesday 11th February 2009
THE deepening crisis at Weymouth Football Club has suffered
another major setback with the first-team squad issuing a
14-day payment notice at the end of which they could become
The players, who still have not received their wages for
January, held a meeting with Terras officials yesterday
after taking advice from the Professional Footballers
Weymouth chief executive Gary Calder said: The players
have given the club 14 days notice whereby if they do
not get paid in that time then the club will have to release
them as free agents.
This has all come from the fact that just prior to
Christmas the club was left high and dry in regards to the
debt not being paid.
The playing staff have shown fantastic character over the
past few weeks in the midst of the growing crisis, picking
up seven points from their last three games, but now they
want to see an end to the turmoil which has plagued the club
over the last few months.
Millionaire businessman Colin Hill and former Cambridge United
chairman Lee Power took a look at the accounts at the Blue
Square Premier outfit last week.
Echosport understands that the duo met with former majority
shareholder Malcolm Curtis and Ernie Battey, chairman of Morgan
Sindall Investments Ltd, yesterday.
It is believed that lawyers were also present at the meeting
and that negotiations are still ongoing.
When quizzed about the meeting last night, Curtis said: No
comment. But what I can say is that I no longer have any involvement
with WFC at all.
Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd through Wessex Delivery
Partnership LLP own the land surrounding the Wessex Stadium
of which I am a minority shareholder whose job is to try and
deliver the development of the new stadium.
That is my day job and as far as the football club
is concerned I am now just another man on the street.
Meanwhile, Power was unavailable for comment.
The Terras are due to travel to Torquay United tonight (7.45pm),
weather permitting, and for boss Alan Lewer the game will
surely be seen as a welcome distraction from the ongoing saga
off the pitch.
He said: I want the game to be on so we can get back
to playing football but we are light on the ground in terms
We have the side that has been playing with the exception
of Anton Robinson of course, and we have also lost Sam Cutler
for four to five weeks with ankle ligament and tendon damage.
With Pierre Joseph-Dubois also out it means we will
have Jordan Collins, Scott Dixon, Ollie Tribe, Jordan Vincent
and Marcus Browning on the bench, although Marcus is also
a bit of a doubt as well.
So as you can see we are pretty stretched but there
is nothing we can do about it.