Players and staff at Eastwood Town have vented their frustration at the club’s current financial plight as the Badgers battle for survival.
Physio Nick Taylor has quit Coronation Park to return to Shepshed Dynamo, claiming he hadn’t been paid since December and that he wasn’t being given the correct equipment to do his job.
And striker TJ Nightingale took to his Twitter feed this week to express his displeasure at not receiving wages with other squad members also believed to be in a similar position, although club officials say the team is expected to be paid on time this week.
Taylor, who was in his second spell at Eastwood and who also worked with manager John Ramshaw at Shepshed last season, told the Advertiser: “It’s not all about the money as that’s not the be all and end all, but I hadn’t been paid for a while which is frustrating.
“I put up with it last season as I knew things were tough but we were told things would be different this year. It seems it’s not the case.
“It got to the point where I couldn’t treat injured players properly as I wasn’t receiving the right equipment and I didn’t want that situation to reflect badly on me.
“Most of all I want to enjoy the football side of it and being at the club, as that’s one of the great things about being part of the matchday squad.
“But I wasn’t enjoying it, and having turned down offers from other clubs in the past and preferred to stay here, this time I felt it was time to go.
“The uncertainty is making the football side of things very difficult. We’ve rarely had the assurance or confidence that things would be OK.”
Taylor is a civil servant by profession but studied sport-related physiotherapy at university and has been practising part-time ever since, mostly at football clubs.
He was also at Coronation Park during Paul Cox’s reign as manager.
He added: “It wasn’t a good place to be. There’s lots of in-fighting and background issues that need sorting and then the football side will improve.
“All the playing staff want to concentrate on the football but it’s hard when so much else is going on and when the communication isn’t great.”
Striker Nightingale tweeted earlier this week: “Why am I not surprised we haven’t been paid?” and “Why did I even come here?” - both comments referring to the situation at Coronation Park.
He added on another tweet: “Promises being broken early doors,” which is also believed to relate to the same issues.
Club officials later confirmed Nightingale had now been paid and that other squad members would also receive wages as usual this week.
Eastwood Town owner Steve Lynch was unavailable for comment this week when contacted by the Advertiser.
l Meanwhile, on the pitch, manager John Ramshaw was delighted to see his side progress in the FA Cup at the expense of Blaby & Whetstone.
The victory sets up a home tie with Histon on September 22 and provides a big morale boost ahead of games away to Stocksbridge Park Steels on Saturday and at home against Rushall Olympic next Tuesday.
He said: “The win was vital on so many levels, but particularly for morale and also financially.
“I really hope it gives the players the belief that we can kick on and get league points too.
“Momentum is so important and we’ve got what even at this early stage is already a six-pointer at Stocksbridge on Saturday and this win should give us a timely boost.”