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Wage delay ‘no excuse for poor results’
ACCRINGTON Stanley boss Leam Richardson has insisted he will not use delayed wages as an excuse for poor results – and has told his players they must battle on regardless of issues off the field.
Players and staff have had to wait two weeks for their monthly wage and managing director Rob Heys has admitted that the cashflow problem may have had some impact on recent matches.
Stanley lost 3-0 at home to Fleetwood on Tuesday and 2-0 at Northampton three days earlier to slip to bottom of League Two.
The Reds now host fellow relegation candidates Barnet tomorrow, with the club saying wages will be paid in full before the game.
And Richardson says players must not use the salary issue as a ready-made excuse.
“I’m not going to give any excuses to myself or the players,” he said. “I think that’s an easy way to blame other things or outside influences.
“The players must work hard with the things they get provided with, the facilities we’ve got and the finances we’ve got.”
The wage problem has only added to the issues Richardson has had to deal with since taking charge of Stanley in late October.
“Not a lot’s been said about it since I’ve been in charge but hopefully it will get sorted shortly, because you do try to put all your efforts and attention on the pitch and the players,” he said.
“It’s human nature that it does have an effect in certain areas on what you can do within your job and everything else.
“It could have come at a better time.
“But the people here do a good job and hopefully they will get it sorted out as soon as possible.”
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