Confusion reigns at Terras
By Adam Summers
Friday 7th January 2011
ROB Wolleaston insists that he just wants to get on
with playing Football after the FA confirmed to Echosport
yesterday afternoon that they have no record of the contract
that he signed last September.
The ex-Chelsea mans future at Weymouth has been in
doubt all week due to proposed cuts to the playing budget
and it appears he is still waiting to receive outstanding
wages for the past two months.
Wolleaston, who is still struggling with the same flu bug
that saw him miss last Mondays defeat at Bashley, said:
I signed the contract back in September and I was going
to contact the FA myself to be on the safe side.
I have been waiting for a copy of the contract but
the chairman has just kept saying that I would receive one
I have also not been paid properly for the last two
months. I have received a little but not the full amount.
The FAs registration department told Echosport that
they would look into the matter once Wolleaston notified them
of his concerns in writing.
A spokesman said: We have not got it (record of the
contract) and if the player knows he signed it, he must write
in telling us when he signed it, so we can start asking questions.
Confusion has once again reigned supreme at the Bob Lucas
Stadium all week. The board had initially planned to announce
cuts to the playing budget after the Bashley game but in a
last-minute change of heart applied the brakes.
Wolleaston, who is the top earner in the squad, then told
Echosport on Wednesday that Rolls had contacted him the previous
day to confirm that he would be staying with the club, only
for the major shareholder then to reveal yesterday that the
budget has indeed been reduced.
Rolls, who was not available for comment after the issue
of Wolleastons contract came to light, said: The
playing budget has been set at £8,000 a month all in,
since the start of the season, and we have been in and around
that figure every month. In fact, some months we have been
spectacularly over that budget.
With our commercial activity as it is at the moment,
it is clear we cannot afford that now but people seem to be
making mountains out of molehills over it.
When asked to confirm the budget for January, Rolls went
on to add: It is now, incorporating the money from the
Wessex Fantasy Football, £6,776 a month, which is inclusive
of Ian and Andy Masons wages. So, as you can see, as
of the start of this month, it has dropped by just under £1,300.
Hutchinson, who has clearly been perplexed by these developments,
responded: Rob has stated that the chairman said he
would be able to stay but earlier in the week I was under
the impression that, with a heavy heart, I would have to move
him on due to the proposed cuts.
That does not seem to be the case now after what the
chairman told him but there does seem to be a slight confusion
in it all.
Now though, it is about concentrating on the game at
Cambridge City on Saturday.
Wolleaston is in complete agreement with his boss and is
hoping he will be fit to feature in the clash. He said: I
am not sure what is going on and I just wish people were straight
down the line and told you how it is.
I feel for the manager because it appears he is not
sure what is going on either but these things happen and hopefully
it will get cleared up as soon as possible so we can just
get on with playing football and trying to stay up.