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    Posted: 17 Mar 2020 at 7:51am
I assume clubs are still contracted to pay their players through all this. Without any gate receipts, how many clubs are likely to go bust because of this? Are the FAI/Government in any position to bail them out? Any guesses as to what the wage bill for the entire league would be for a year?
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Originally posted by Shedite Shedite wrote:

I assume clubs are still contracted to pay their players through all this. Without any gate receipts, how many clubs are likely to go bust because of this? Are the FAI/Government in any position to bail them out? Any guesses as to what the wage bill for the entire league would be for a year?

Bohemia‚Äôs have 90% of gate receipts guaranteed which will help. 
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Drogheda announced yesterday that they are suspending payments to players/coaching staff
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prize money is being paid earlier and affiliation fees are expected to be waived.



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Originally posted by Shoco Shoco wrote:

prize money is being paid earlier and affiliation fees are expected to be waived.


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Well done to Drogheda and I have somone involved in club. They have been up front and honest with no bull. That is what is needed now.
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There was a good suggestion on the Saints forum - as this is likely to go on for a while, set up a gofundme page (other sites are available) and when each home match day comes around ask people to pay the admission.

Obviously some people won't be in a position to do this because of their work situation, but if even a % of the regular attendees paid even a few quid then it might help with cash flow to get clubs through this.
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The problem with that is that no one wants to be a mug - it's great to suggest it but far too many people will suggest it and then just not bother doing it. They look good but don't actually have to spend the money because no one need see it being spent.


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Originally posted by SuperDave84 SuperDave84 wrote:

The problem with that is that no one wants to be a mug - it's great to suggest it but far too many people will suggest it and then just not bother doing it.

I guess that's the way with everything.

I realise Airtricity league clubs aren't the top priority now, but in the medium to long term many of them will find themselves in serious trouble.
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Played our club lotto for the first time ever, will try buy a jersey once I'm paid, is some small ways to get money into the club 
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Originally posted by nvidic nvidic wrote:

Played our club lotto for the first time ever, will try buy a jersey once I'm paid, is some small ways to get money into the club 
 


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That's a far better way of supporting the club because it is obvious and you get something for it.

There's no harm in clubs advertising on social media that people should buy jerseys, with some way of donating an extra ten or fifteen or even twenty quid while they're at it to support the club and the jobs of those working for the clubs.
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We don't have an online shop yet with Ramblers, our lotto isn't set up online because the people who run it are too old school, literally all we can do at the minute is sell a virtual ticket for our game thats meant to be Saturday vs Galway. The next few weeks are going to be tough but I think we should be in a position to scrape through.
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Originally posted by SuperDave84 SuperDave84 wrote:

That's a far better way of supporting the club because it is obvious and you get something for it.

There's no harm in clubs advertising on social media that people should buy jerseys, with some way of donating an extra ten or fifteen or even twenty quid while they're at it to support the club and the jobs of those working for the clubs.
Supporting your club in any way is good SD. I want my club to survive this, this is much more important than getting anything in return
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Sligo pulled the trigger. Very sad to see. 

https://www.sligorovers.com/club-statement-update-from-management-committee/

Club statement: Update from management committee
March 19, 2020
Sligo Rovers have today reached the extremely difficult decision to implement temporary layoffs for all management, players and administration staff due to the shutdown of the League of Ireland for the past two weeks and foreseeable future.

Following intensive talks in the last week involving the National League Executive Committee, the PFAI and the FAI, along with receiving government guidance, the club felt there was no option but to come to this conclusion in order to prioritise long-term employment both in football and administrative roles at Sligo Rovers. 

We acknowledge ongoing efforts to find a solution from all parties and we recognise that it is an evolving situation. However we must act today in the best interest of our club in the long-term. 

Last Tuesday An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar outlined that the Coronavirus crisis would extend into a lengthy period. 

This was an expected announcement and made it even clearer to us that League of Ireland football cannot resume until the summer at the earliest, and likely later. 

Our income streams, like nearly all other businesses in the country, have been decimated and we simply cannot afford to function at our full cost level while having little or no income. 

To do anything else would be reckless and would put the very future of Sligo Rovers under severe threat.

We have taken the following measures:

1) Club employees will be paid in accordance with government support for businesses forced to lay off employees temporarily. All staff have been informed of this. 

2) All players and employees will be able to return to their regular wage upon the resumption of the League of Ireland. A date will be agreed in due course.

3) All staff have been put on this measure, no exceptions have been made, from the manager to players to administrative staff to ground maintenance personnel.

4) Players from outside of Ireland have been given assistance to return home and most have done so.

5) We will do our utmost to support our employees where possible over the coming months. 

As a club we have operated as the most consistent completely full-time employer in the League of Ireland since our return to the Premier Division 15 years ago.

Taking this step today has been the hardest decision we have undertaken in our role of committee members, but we feel it is the correct one, we need to be decisive and show leadership to preserve our club. 

We add that not one member of our board is paid in any way or receive any expense, many other volunteers give endless commitment to Sligo Rovers too. 

Our priority has always been our club, and our staff, as an organisation immersed in and funded by the local community.

The road forward from this crisis is not a clear one, we know this temporary measure will have a major impact in the lives of our staff. We are taking it to ensure there is a future. 

We also recognise the widespread business closures in the area which is very visible in any drive through Sligo town and county. The effects this will have on our community will be significant.

We know it will also bring great concern to our fans and sponsors. Our community and supporter base provides extraordinary support that defies logic and helps sustain our club. 

Our promise as a committee is to get through this period and return with a sustainable and healthy Sligo Rovers. 


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Originally posted by thebronze14 thebronze14 wrote:

Originally posted by SuperDave84 SuperDave84 wrote:

That's a far better way of supporting the club because it is obvious and you get something for it.

There's no harm in clubs advertising on social media that people should buy jerseys, with some way of donating an extra ten or fifteen or even twenty quid while they're at it to support the club and the jobs of those working for the clubs.
Supporting your club in any way is good SD. I want my club to survive this, this is much more important than getting anything in return
 
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Originally posted by Cabra Hoop Cabra Hoop wrote:

Originally posted by thebronze14 thebronze14 wrote:

Originally posted by SuperDave84 SuperDave84 wrote:

That's a far better way of supporting the club because it is obvious and you get something for it.

There's no harm in clubs advertising on social media that people should buy jerseys, with some way of donating an extra ten or fifteen or even twenty quid while they're at it to support the club and the jobs of those working for the clubs.
Supporting your club in any way is good SD. I want my club to survive this, this is much more important than getting anything in return
 
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I agree entirely that supporting the club in any way is good; the point is you are more likely to get people to actually do something and pay something if they get something in return. It's very easy to post a link on twitter or facebook saying "give your club a few quid" without actually doing it. It's about figuring out what's effective.
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Sligo pulled the trigger. Very sad to see. 

https://www.sligorovers.com/club-statement-update-from-management-committee/

Club statement: Update from management committee
March 19, 2020
Sligo Rovers have today reached the extremely difficult decision to implement temporary layoffs for all management, players and administration staff due to the shutdown of the League of Ireland for the past two weeks and foreseeable future.

Following intensive talks in the last week involving the National League Executive Committee, the PFAI and the FAI, along with receiving government guidance, the club felt there was no option but to come to this conclusion in order to prioritise long-term employment both in football and administrative roles at Sligo Rovers. 

We acknowledge ongoing efforts to find a solution from all parties and we recognise that it is an evolving situation. However we must act today in the best interest of our club in the long-term. 

Last Tuesday An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar outlined that the Coronavirus crisis would extend into a lengthy period. 

This was an expected announcement and made it even clearer to us that League of Ireland football cannot resume until the summer at the earliest, and likely later. 

Our income streams, like nearly all other businesses in the country, have been decimated and we simply cannot afford to function at our full cost level while having little or no income. 

To do anything else would be reckless and would put the very future of Sligo Rovers under severe threat.

We have taken the following measures:

1) Club employees will be paid in accordance with government support for businesses forced to lay off employees temporarily. All staff have been informed of this. 

2) All players and employees will be able to return to their regular wage upon the resumption of the League of Ireland. A date will be agreed in due course.

3) All staff have been put on this measure, no exceptions have been made, from the manager to players to administrative staff to ground maintenance personnel.

4) Players from outside of Ireland have been given assistance to return home and most have done so.

5) We will do our utmost to support our employees where possible over the coming months. 

As a club we have operated as the most consistent completely full-time employer in the League of Ireland since our return to the Premier Division 15 years ago.

Taking this step today has been the hardest decision we have undertaken in our role of committee members, but we feel it is the correct one, we need to be decisive and show leadership to preserve our club. 

We add that not one member of our board is paid in any way or receive any expense, many other volunteers give endless commitment to Sligo Rovers too. 

Our priority has always been our club, and our staff, as an organisation immersed in and funded by the local community.

The road forward from this crisis is not a clear one, we know this temporary measure will have a major impact in the lives of our staff. We are taking it to ensure there is a future. 

We also recognise the widespread business closures in the area which is very visible in any drive through Sligo town and county. The effects this will have on our community will be significant.

We know it will also bring great concern to our fans and sponsors. Our community and supporter base provides extraordinary support that defies logic and helps sustain our club. 

Our promise as a committee is to get through this period and return with a sustainable and healthy Sligo Rovers. 



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