Sligo Rovers players give up portion of wages following early FAI Cup exit

Sligo Rovers’ players have given up a portion of their wages following their early exit from the FAI Cup.

Rovers were knocked out by First Division outfit Longford Town in the First Round at the weekend.

The players said they were making the gesture in the knowledge of the club’s reliance on Cup football bridging the gap of nearly three months without a home game, and how that will not now be the case as a result of the limp exit in the FAI Cup.

Ocean FM understands the amount represents a reasonable but worthwhile portion of the wage bill.

The club have confirmed the gesture did take place but refused to comment further.

Club vice-captain Rhys McCabe said: “We feel as a group we let the supporters down and the people that fund the club week to week.

“We also let the gaffer down. We owe him a lot. He’s a great manager and we should be doing better than what we showed last weekend.

“There’s nothing we can do about last week now unfortunately. All we can do is go out Friday and show that it means for us to play for the club and the gaffer and continue it for the rest of the season.”