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Ebbsfleet United boss Daryl McMahon confirms the players will be paid late again

By Steve Tervet

Daryl McMahon has confirmed Ebbsfleet’s players will be paid late again this month.

Wage payments were due to go through today (Thursday) but McMahon says it will be another week at least before they get their money.

Speaking out for the first time, the manager praised his players for their work ethic and togetherness despite having been paid late eight times this year.

Ebbsfleet manager Daryl McMahon Picture: Andy Payton
Ebbsfleet manager Daryl McMahon Picture: Andy Payton

Ebbsfleet are away to National League leaders Salford City on Saturday.

McMahon said: “We’ve been told we’re going to get paid in full next Friday. We’re due payment today so it’ll be eight days late.

“But everyone is available at the weekend. The players are here, fighting for each other, fighting for the club and for the fans like they have done over the previous late payments.

“If you were paid eight days late in any other walk of life, most people would probably walk out of work but these players have been the polar opposite.

“At the same time, Dave Winfield’s got three kids, Kenny Clark’s about to have a child, Sam Magri just had a child, Chris Bush has a six-month-old daughter, Jack Payne two kids, Andy Drury two kids, Corey Whitely four kids, Myles Weston two kids and one on the way, Kedwell three kids.

“You’ve got bills and mortgages to pay and all the stresses and worries of that can be bad.

“The human element of this is not right but the players are sticking together and fighting, as the staff are, for the club, for each other and for the fans.

“We’ve all got to stick together through this period.”

Players have been made available for transfer but so far none have left.

Ebbsfleet celebrate scoring against Worthing in the FA Cup Picture: Andy Jones
Ebbsfleet celebrate scoring against Worthing in the FA Cup Picture: Andy Jones

McMahon said: “I want to praise the players and staff for doing what they’ve done.

“It’s been kept quiet for a long time and the players have still worked and achieved a lot against the backdrop of what nobody’s known.

“The players have done well and even today, we trained at the stadium and everyone was out there.

“There’s been a lot of talk about how do we react but they’ll all be on the bus tomorrow travelling.”

McMahon insists he will carry on as manager despite the difficult circumstances.

“I will be here,” he said. “I’m with the boys.

“I’ve been here just over five years at Ebbsfleet in every different role and every different circumstance.

“I just see this as another part of the job I’ve got to get right for the players and the fans - the people who come and support the football club.

“They’re the most important people and we have to make sure we do everything in our power - me as the manager, my staff and my players - until we can’t any more.”

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