Worcester Warriors: Administrators face player exodus after more unpaid wages

Worcester Warriors have been in conversation with HMRC over an unpaid tax bill since mid-August

Worcester Warriors administrators have said they expect the unpaid players to serve the club with breach of contract notices.

He didn’t get the key piece of information until the wi-fi at Sixways’ clubhouse was restored on Thursday evening.

Players and staff were not paid their September salaries on Friday.

There is now a statutory two-week notice period for players to comply with.

However, this is likely to be overtaken by the revenue and customs application lodged against WRFC Players Ltd on 5 October, which is also the deadline for non-player staff.

Warriors skipper Ted Hill has missed all four of Worcester Warriors' games this season
Warriors skipper Ted Hill has missed all four of Worcester Warriors’ games this season with a hamstring injury.

If the petition is successful and the company is liquidated, the players would be released from their contracts.

Warriors captain Ted Hill told BBC Hereford & Worcester on Friday morning: “We want to get the club going and back to its former glory.

“That’s the main thing. If he does that, people will stay. But things happen, it’s professional sport and you have to have a plan B.”

Staff relaunch Go Fund Me page

Warriors workers are asking the public for money, as some face another month without pay, a Go Fund Me pageexternal link created after experiencing similar problems last month.

At the end of August some workers and players were paid, others 65% and others nothing.

The workers know that the company they sit in is not in administration, which means they can’t be fired, they can’t claim anything and they won’t be paid again.

At the point of settlement, employees will be able to make severance claims for unpaid wages. This “usually takes three to four weeks,” according to Palmer.

If WRFC Players Ltd goes into liquidation, the Gallagher Premiership club would automatically have no contracted players or staff and would seemingly have no choice but to drop out of the top flight.

With Worcester’s debts totaling more than £25m, including at least £6m in unpaid tax, owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham have been accused of stripping the club of assets.

The club failed to meet a deadline on Monday for the Rugby Football Union to request proof of funding for insurance cover and the club’s monthly payroll, which has resulted in their suspension from all competitions.

Two consortia, one led by former Worcester chief executive Jim O’Toole, are understood to have expressed an interest in buying the club out of administration.

Goldring, who has not spoken publicly, and Whittingham, who he was interviewed by the BBC On September 10, they will continue to be the manager of WRFC Players.

Palmer says he applied to HMRC to withdraw the winding-up application in a bid to put the club into voluntary administration, but was turned down.

Technically, managers can fire employees, but the deadline to do so would probably be before October 5th.

Palmer does not believe it is possible for Begbies Traynor to be a WRFC player administrator.

He previously told BBC Sport about resuming non-rugby events at Sixways – and says they still want to do that, but “it would be a skeleton staff, not a wholesale re-employment” and it would be those staff. paid on a consulting basis.