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Latest Rumours Sturrock & Widdrington/Players...


OG Zoner
Oct 27, 2003
The North Bank
Latest from the transfer rumours site. Obviously to be taken with a pinch of salt...

15 Jul 2010 13:22:50
New Southend United management duo, Paul Sturrock and Tommy Widdrington, are to seek urgent talks with Chairman, Ron Martin, on his return from his Cypriot holiday to seek immediate, unequivocal and tangible evidential assurances that the finances at the football club are such that they will enable them to undertake their duties. If these assurances are not provided they will resign (neither have yet seen, let alone sign a contract).

The club remains under a transfer embargo untiol 2 August at the earliest. This, seemingly, will not guarantee that the club will have enough players (only 8 currently on the books – more of this later) to undertake its fixtures. The Football League is monitoring this situation closely, and is likely to seek similar assurances as those sought my Messrs. Sturrck and Widdrington. League expulsion is a very real spectre.

Now, onto the eight remaining players under contract. Two others have signed frankly worthless, at present, pre–contract agreements. At least five of the eight have given notice of their intention to resign from the club (as was the case with four others who have now moved on after having their contracts cancelled due to non–payment of wages). Teh five are Franck Moussa (tracked by Hull City, Bradford City, Walsall and Derby County); Francis Laurent (tracked by Brentford and Wycombe Wanderers); Jean–Francois Christophe (seeking a return to France); Matt Paterson (tracked by Charlton Athletic); and Johnny Herd (tracked by Rushden and Diamonds and Cambridge United).

Finally, many supporters are holding onto the hope that supermarket giant Sainsbury's will not wish to be associated with closing down a football club. This is harsh business and five minutes of negative publicity is a price worth paying for one of the largest supermarkets in Europe.
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