Glentoran bosses seek to resolve new Oval cash crisis

The Oval , home of Glentoran FC
The Oval , home of Glentoran FC

GLENTORAN chiefs are facing up to crunch talks with senior players on Thursday as the club looks to solve its latest cash crisis.

It emerged players refused to train on Tuesday night over unpaid wages.

It’s the latest in a controversial financial saga to envelop the Oval club.

It is understood the protest by the squad was brought on due to the fact they haven’t received any wages for two months.

Players have continually sought assurances from their cash-strapped employers which have yet to be satisfied.

Glentoran officials declined to comment on the subject on Wednesday, but it is believed the coaching staff support the players’ stance.

It has been reported that a letter was sent to Glentoran chiefs, in which the first-team squad said they expected their contracts to be honoured.

They are seeking a commitment that wages will be paid and - if the problem persists - they have the right to be released from their contracts.

It is believed Glentoran chairman Terence Brannigan will hold talks with senior players today in a bid to ease the concerns of the club’s players.

It is the latest cash crisis to hit the East Belfast club.

In February 2010, a £450,000 donation from a mystery benefactor helped prevent the club from being wound up.

The Glens also received a £60,000 loan from the Irish FA in May after they struggled to pay player wages for April.

It remains unclear whether Thursday’s scheduled training session will go ahead, but it was expected Saturday’s Danske Bank Premiership clash with Ballinamallard United at the Oval will be played.