NANTWICH Town chairman Jon Gold insists the first-team management and players have not been laid off, despite all football being suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier reports suggested all full-time and part-time staff, including all players and the management team, had left the club.
However the chairman, who has only just returned to the post following the departure of Tony Davison to Crewe Alexandra, spoke to The Sentinel yesterday to confirm manager David Cooke, his assistant Danny Griggs and first-team coach Jay Bateman, plus the players, have been retained.
He said: “I can confirm that all of our first-team management and players have been retained and are very much part of our future plans once we get the go ahead to recommence playing again.
“We have worked so hard over recent years to put together a team that can consistently challenge at the top of the league and we are all really proud of all of them and the spirit and loyalty that they are showing to the club and its supporters is very much valued and we look forward to working through this unprecedented situation and hopefully resuming our season and ultimately achieving our ambitions of reaching the next level.”
However, the Dabbers have been forced to shelve all functions and football activities in response to the government guidelines.
As a result, the club’s committee have taken the heartbreaking decision to let valued staff members go.
In a statement Gold said: “In essence, we are a not-for-profit business serving the community and no different to any other non-league club and small business in the country. Without outside support and help from the Government and football authorities, it will be difficult to survive.
“In line with the instruction and advice from both the Government and football authorities, we have sadly had to close all aspects of our operation, including football activities at every level and all functions and events.
“This means we have also had to lay off all of our staff, both full and part time, which has been done with great sadness and reluctance, but out of necessity and for the safety and welfare of everyone concerned.
“We simply have no income with which to pay them, especially as we don’t know how long it will be before we are able to reopen and play games again.”
Nantwich are sitting sixth in the BetVictor Premier Division table, one point below the play-off places, but they have three games in hand over fifth-placed Lancaster City.