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National League club give club statement after reports of financial trouble

Ebbsfleet United released a club statement yesterday after reports came out stating that they were in financial trouble.

Kent Messenger reported that the National League side paid their players late seven of the last ten months with some set to leave.

That news comes after assistant manager Steve Gritt and first-team coach David Jupp had departed as part of a financial restructure at the club.

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Fleet’s vice chairman Dean Pooley said to the club website: “Like Daryl, I started out playing under Steve Gritt and David Jupp to then working alongside them and I’ve seen up close how dedicated and hard-working they have been in all their years with this football club. That, of course, makes our decision to part ways even harder on a personal level.

“I can’t thank them enough for their input in my time here. They can be justifiably proud of our promotion and play-off qualification over the past two seasons and this club has consistently improved year on year since 2015 right up to last season’s sixth place. They depart with all of this football club’s warmest wishes for the future.”

Ebbsfleet manager Daryl McMahon also spoke to the club website: “I’m very sad to have to lose them. They’ve been terrific for the football club and me as a player working under them. Then as my assistant and first-team coach for three years where we went through three play-off campaigns together in a row. To lose them now is a blow and I simply can do no more right this minute than thank them sincerely and wish them all the best for the future.”

The statement from the club chairman read: “KEH (Kuwaiti European Holdings) has now been the proud owner of Ebbsfleet United football club for over five years and in that time we have achieved a great deal both on and off of the pitch.

“I now feel this is the right time to restructure the football club across the board to ensure it is fully prepared for the challenges ahead. It has always been my ambition to make the club self-sufficient and the restructure will produce a sound platform on which to achieve that. Changes are ongoing and will continue to evolve.

“I remain committed to Ebbsfleet United and will continue to be so for years to come.”

Ebbsfleet United currently sit 17th in the National League table with 18 points. Last season, they reached the playoffs but got knocked out by eventual winners Tranmere Rovers.

 

After hearing of the club statement, fans gave a mixed reaction, with many fans still asking questions that have been so far unanswered – check out those tweets on the next page.

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