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Macclesfield Town majority shareholder apologises after payment delay

Amar AlKadhi, Macclesfield Town’s majority shareholder, has apologised to players, fans and the club’s chairman following the delayed payment of the staffs’ January wages.

The Silkmen are second in the National League and trail leaders Wrexham only on goal difference with a game in hand.

Players and staff released a statement last week explaining they hadn’t been paid for the first month of the year.

Manager John Askey and players met with chairman Mark Blower last Friday and the The NLP understands this was the first communication they have had with him in eight weeks.

They have now been paid although there are fears over the club’s long-term future.

AlKadhi’s statement read: “I would like like to offer an unreserved apology to the players, fans, and the Chairman for the 3 business day delay in paying the wages due on 31st January – I have let them down.

“It boiled down to a technical issue with my bank, which delayed a bank transfer.  A cash deficit was forecast in January and so it was budgeted for new funds to be transferred to the Club to cover the shortfall, which I had agreed to.

“Put simply, I didn’t do my job properly for the club in January.

“Since Mark Blower has been Chairman, he has always managed to pay the players on time and on this occasion I let him down.

“John Askey has done a superb job in assembling an excellent squad of players, who in turn have played exceptionally well, and long may it continue.

“Being top of the league, puts a different kind of pressure on the team, but these are exciting times and we have tried to support the Manager, by recruiting the targets that he identified and wanted in January, and on the back of this I have every confidence that John will pass the forthcoming tests with flying colours.

“I have personally attended 6 of our last 7 League games and watched some very competitive performances and at times exceptionally high quality football, which has been very pleasurable. I thank John, his back room staff and the players for that.

“Please enjoy the rest of the season, your continued support is amazing.”

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