Macclesfield Town: Unpaid players intend to boycott Saturday’s game with Crewe

Macclesfield finished 22nd in League Two last season, narrowly avoiding relegation by three points

Macclesfield Town’s unpaid players say they intend to boycott Saturday’s League Two game with Crewe Alexandra at Moss Rose.

The Macc playing squad have put in writing their intention not to play.

It is understood the situation is having such a detrimental effect that the players believe they are not ready physically, mentally, or emotionally.

As of Wednesday evening, the staff and players’ wages remain unpaid, following last month’s late payments.

The home league game with Mansfield Town went ahead as scheduled on 15 November following a similar threat of strike action, as did the previous week’s FA Cup tie against Kingstonian.

Players first issued an ultimatum to owner Amar Alkadhi earlier this week saying they would go on strike again if they were not paid the wages they are owed.

The club’s first team have already been on strike over unpaid salaries this season, forcing the club to field an inexperienced team in their FA Cup first-round tie at home against Kingstonian on 10 November.

Macclesfield were subsequently charged with misconduct by the English Football League, and referred to a disciplinary panel after failing to pay their players on time.

The threat of a further strike for their League Two fixture against Mansfield was averted when the majority of players’ outstanding salaries were understood to have been settled in full.

Campbell backs wind-up proposal

Former Macclesfield manager Sol Campbell has backed a bid from HM Revenue & Customs to wind up the League Two club.

The High Court was told on Wednesday that the 45-year-old, who now manages Southend, is owed £180,000 by the club.

A winding-up petition issued over an unpaid tax bill was eventually adjourned for an eighth time.

The financially-troubled club will now appear again before the court over their debts on 18 December.

Macclesfield were five points adrift of safety in League Two last season when Sol Campbell was appointed on 28 November 2018, but he kept the Silkmen up

Macclesfield’s latest appearance came two weeks after an adjournment to establish whether a £180,000 tax debt – not the money claimed by Campbell – had been paid.

He was appointed by the Silkmen in November 2018 and kept the club in League Two last season before leaving by mutual consent in August.

The former England defender’s relative on-field success at Macclesfield came despite the off-field financial issues which have continued into this season.

The HMRC petition was first adjourned in May, when the club reportedly owed £73,000. In October, barrister Niall McCulloch said they were awaiting “international payments”, as the uncertainty over Brexit has had “some impact”.

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