Thompson ‘confident’ of plans for Daggers moving forwards
PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 February 2018
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Dagenham & Redbridge managing director Steve Thompson is confident of paying the wages and reveals no more players are currently expected to leave the club.
The club has seen several players leave since Glyn Hopkin resigned as director, including the likes of Joe White, Morgan Ferrier, Sam Ling and Corey Whitely, while captain Scott Doe left by mutual consent and loanee Kevin Lokko returned to Stevenage.
“I can definitely say the wages will be paid this month and I’m reasonably confident we will be able to do it going forward but I can’t say there will not be any more players going. But there is nothing in pipeline at the moment,” Thompson said on Monday morning.
Hopkin’s reason for his resignation was disunity within the supporters and in particular a campaign over several months to have the managing director dismissed.
Matters came to a head when fans were asked to take down certain flags at the ground, which led to a stand-off, and Hopkin was said to have found a lack of support from the supporters’ club committee very upsetting and not something he wished to remain associated with.
“We budgeted for a squad with excess support from Glyn and for various reasons Glyn has said he is not prepared to continue with that support, so we have had to cut the team to try and save money,” added Thompson.
“We’ve sold players to other clubs, which has brought in some revenue and it has equally reduced the wage bill going forward. Unfortunately what we have done so far still isn’t enough to be able for me to guarantee we can pay the wages for the rest of the season.
“Going forward we’re going to need to look at a new investor and we’re talking to two or three people to have shown interest.”
Thompson admits it is a tough situation but wanted to praise the staff and players for their ongoing efforts.
“It’s a difficult situation and I would like to give thanks to John Still and all of his staff who have been working tirelessly.
“I would like to thank all the players who have been professional, but it must be hard for them not knowing if they may or may not have a job going forward.
“Also, I would like to thank all the other staff at the club.”