Sligo Rovers temporarily lay-off players and staff

Sligo Rovers have announced they are temporarily laying-off the club’s players, manager and administration staff while the coronavirus outbreak continues.

30 Rovers personnel are affected by this temporary lay-off. It comprises the entire first-team playing squad, the management team of Liam Buckley, John Russell and Dave Campbell – plus four full-time administration staff at the Showgrounds.

The club says it  is taking this action to help ensure it is ready to resume full activity when the current League of Ireland shutdown comes to an end.

Club Chairman Tommy Higgins informed the Rovers players and staff of the news on Thursday morning.

He spoke with Ocean FM Sport’s Austin O’Callaghan…

The club says it is taking the following measures:

1) Club employees will be paid in accordance with government support for businesses forced to lay off employees temporarily. All staff have been informed of this.

2) All players and employees will be able to return to their regular wage upon the resumption of the League of Ireland. A date will be agreed in due course.

3) All staff have been put on this measure, no exceptions have been made, from the manager to players to administrative staff to ground maintenance personnel.

4) Players from outside of Ireland have been given assistance to return home and most have done so.

5) The club will do its utmost to support its employees where possible over the coming months.

The National League Executive Committee was holding talks on Thursday afternoon over the best course of action around the League of Ireland.

If football doesn’t resume in June, there’s a possibility the season could be scrapped with a new winter campaign brought in instead