The Warriors claim that a complication with the bank’s automated system has resulted in a pay delay, which has resulted in some players issuing breach of contract notices prompting them to leave if they do not receive their wages for the month. 8 within 14 days.
Last Updated: 03/09/22 10:45am
Worcester owners have told players and staff that the banking issue that led to their August pay delay has now been resolved.
Several team members have issued breach of contract notices to the club after funds due to their accounts on Wednesday failed to materialize as promised.
Highly rated defender Kyle Hatherell is among those looking to leave and the PA news agency understands Leicester and Saracens are currently vying with La Rochelle for the South African-born 27-year-old.
The extent of the problems caused by debts believed to exceed £25m was revealed in a coordinated social media campaign on Friday, where 20-year-old Ollie Wynn revealed he I have become homeless and am staying with a high-class player.
Fly-Half Fin Smith, a Northampton target, also took part in the Friday morning campaign in which the players and
management called for the club to be saved.
“We’re really frustrated right now. We’re not getting paid, we don’t feel like we’re getting what we deserve as a team, so we need answers.” , Smith said on a video released on Twitter.
But in an internal memo issued to employees by co-owners Jason Whittingham and Colin Goldring, who are in advanced negotiations with two potential buyers, it is noted that wages have now been paid.
“This situation must be stressful for all of you, we’re sorry we’re in this boat and we’ve done everything we can to avoid it, all we can do now. is dealing with what’s in front of you,” the memo reads.
“Regarding the pay situation, the bank has finally confirmed the issue has been resolved and that we are able to process the remaining player and staff wage payments, some of which have already been processed.
“There are over 150 payments and each payment takes about 10 minutes.
“Those payments have already started to be made but we cannot guarantee that every payment will be clear in your account by tonight (Friday), but they will eventually be on our side. .
“Again, we’re sorry for the delay in getting this payment to you, we know how stressful this is for all of you, and we haven’t stopped trying to work it out. No Without a doubt, your focus will be on the immediate pay situation, but I’d also say things are going well behind the scenes with a particular group of investors.”
What’s happening in Worcester?
HM Revenue and Customs froze Worcester’s finances in pursuit of alleged unpaid tax of more than £6 million and only confirmed on Wednesday that it would be able to meet its August payrolls due by the same date. that day.
Rugby director Steve Diamond said on Thursday that he was “100% confident” the club would finish the season, but his immediate goal is to foster a squad of disgruntled players. Advanced negotiations are being held with two potential buyers as the heavily indebted Worcester continues to deal with the financial fallout of the pandemic.
Premiership Rugby has said that Worcester will be involved in the opening weekend of the Gallagher Premiership – they are scheduled to face London Ireland on Saturday – but that announcement was well-founded when news broke that the players
have been paid.
On Friday afternoon it was announced that Whittingham and Goldring were selling League One football club Morecambe, which they own through their Bond Group Investments firm.