Published: 16:38 | 19/3/20

Sligo Rovers announce temporary lay-offs

Sligo Rovers have announced the decision to lay-off all staff on a temporary basis due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

The Premier League basement club, currently without a single point from their first four games, are hopeful that the move will protect long-term employment amid continuing uncertainty surrounding the League of Ireland's resumption date.

The club, which has already helped its foreign player contingent to return home, rely heavily on gate receipts for operating income.

All players, management, coaching and administration staff will be entitled to the COVID-19 pandemic unemployment payment, while all foreign players have already returned home, with the help of the club.

A statement from the club said it was "the hardest decision we have undertaken".

"Our priority has always been our club, and our staff, as an organisation immersed in and funded by the local community," it added.

"The road forward from this crisis is not a clear one, we know this temporary measure will have a major impact in the lives of our staff.

“We are taking it to ensure there is a future."

Al football activity has been suspended nationwide until March 29th at the earliest, although a much longer suspension is expected to be announced in the coming days.

First Division Drogheda United suspended payments to players and staff on Monday.

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