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Troubled Morecambe warn they face extinction as entire squad leave except FIVE players

Troubled and managerless Morecambe warn they face the possibility of extinction as the entire squad leave except FIVE players.

Morecambe, who have suffered a number of difficulties, now confirm that 16 players will be leaving the club at the conclusion of the 2023/24 League Two season.

Despite finishing in 15th place, the team faced a deduction of three points due to their failure to pay their players on time last August.

The manager Ged Brannan departed from the club to take up position of assistant manager at fellow League Two club Accrington Stanley.

As a result, Morecambe now finds themselves without a manager and with only five first-team players remaining in their current squad ahead of the 2024/25 season.

Furthermore, the Mazuma Stadium is currently without a chief executive as Ben Sadler has left to take up the same role at Walsall.

This latest development adds to the challenges faced by the club with the board of directors now hoping they avoid ‘catastrophic outcome’ of potentially going out of existence.

Out of the 16 players who are leaving Morecambe, 12 were not offered new contracts, while four players declined the new deals put to them and, captain Farrend Rawson rejected the offer, having previously been openly critical of the club’s owner, Jason Whittingham.

RELEASED/RETAINED LIST

Following the end of the 2023/24 season, Morecambe Football Club can confirm its retained list.

Under contract:

Charlie Brown, Gwion Edwards, Stuart Moore.

Option in contract triggered:

Kayden Harrack.

Professional contract accepted:

Saul Fox-Akande.

Offer of an extended contract made:

JJ McKiernan.

Offers made during season but not accepted:

Farrend Rawson, David Tutonda, Donald Love, Joel Senior.

Not offered a contract at this time:

Adam Smith, Jacob Bedeau, Chris Stokes, Max Melbourne, Oscar Threlkeld, Jacob Davenport, Yann Songo’o, Jake Taylor, Brandon Barker, Cammy Smith, Jordy Hiwula, Jordan Slew.

Loanees returning to parent club:

Archie Mair, Nelson Khumbeni, Joe Adams, Ged Garner, Julian Larsson.

Morecambe said: We’d like to place on record our thanks to all our outgoing players for their efforts while at the Club and wish them all the very best in their future endeavours.

STATEMENT:

The Board of Directors at Morecambe Football Club have written the following open letter to Bond Group.

Dear Jason,

We are writing this open letter to reiterate what was said to you during the meeting we held with you today, during which you updated us on the critical matters of funding and the sale of the Football Club.

Sadly, your future funding assurances have now failed to come to fruition so often that, in the absence of substantial funds from Bond Group landing in the Morecambe Football Club account, they come across as meaningless, and we must take them as such in order to be responsible.

As for the Middle East-based potential buyer you first told us was interested in buying the Club approximately a year ago, you have provided no tangible evidence or introduction during this time to enable us to consider them serious or credible.

You have one apparently serious offer on the table from a US-based potential buyer which, based on what we know, is the most credible which has been made since you placed the Club up for sale over 20 months ago.

Please accept this second offer now, so that there is a chance that a sale might be completed, and a catastrophic outcome be avoided.

From the Board of Directors of Morecambe Football Club.

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This is how fans reacted as troubled Morecambe warn they face extinction as entire squad leave except FIVE players…

@georgemarshhh: Christ alive. Days, weeks away from going pop clearly. Love the board though.

@brethertonjamie: @talkSPORT @SkySportsNews @JeffStelling anything to say regarding this?

@supercity123: Not a huge fan of the club, but nobody should go without a team they care about. @SkySportsNews pick this up. #UTS

@bigdikky5: Footy needs saving from itself. Fans places of worship and beliefs get held hostage. Is this another we will see fall into semi pro footy as a ‘fit n proper’ owner kills the club? Doesn’t look good for them

@ShrimpsOnline: Jason, you’re not welcome. Sell up and never come back..

@ScottCarter97: @SkyFootball @BBCSport @footballontnt Any danger of a bit of coverage?

@JCrook93: @SkySports @footballontnt Fancy picking this up?

@GrimsbyBoy1984: Another rogue owner , the guy who folded a rugby club and will probably do the same to Morecambe if no one steps in . Another club’s fans who have to endure worry over the mere future of the thing that is their own #UTS

@MFC_jordan: hats off to the board for not only this but every single thing they do for the club day in and day out, class in every way 👍🏻

@HungryHatter: This looks grim as hell for Morecambe right now.

@CassBen1: Maybe report on this @SamiMokbel81_DM – 💸💸💸

@Morecambebob1: Time to fuck off Jase lad!

@olivermagilll: Sell the club you fucking idiot

@Hopey_Media: Sell up now! Your time is over

@Marcustricky: Sounds like they could be in trouble if sale doesn’t happen, Robbie’s warned us that some clubs could end up in trouble and he wasn’t wrong tbf #colu

@AccyForza: Morecambe supporters have sat on their hands for too long. Time to sit on Jason Whittinghams front lawn …..

@james_main1: Jason, your time is up and has been for quite some time. Sell up! #JasonOut #UTS🦐

@thescreenster: No one can deny the board have the best interests of the club at heart. Time’s up Jason #JasonOut

@tarniaelsworth: Sell the Club, Jason 🤡 #UTS #SaveOurShrimps #JasonOut

@stormcloud25: #JasonOut. Nothing more to be said, other than thank God for our BoD. We’d be long gone or in the North West Counties League by now if it wasn’t for them fighting for us. Where’s the media on this? @BBCSport @GaryLineker @GNev2 @Carra23 @BBCSport @IanWright0 @EFL #UTS 🦐

@bryony_candlin: Happening too often this

@ElliotMarshy15: Do the right thing Jason

@joephelan44: This is well and truly mental and scary times this isn’t the first time our board have written open letters desperate and begging for the sale , hardly any staff and just 3 players , how can the efl let this crook carry on , I fear the worse is coming now , fuck the efl @EFL

@garvey_michael: This has to end now..👇🦐🇺🇲 #JasonOut #FootballHasAnOwnershipProblem

@RyanHeyworth1: @GNev2 coverage on overlap? Getting to out of hand football ownership

@Bobby_Brown43: Now or never. Jason do the right thing ASAP. Credit to the board for this, as fans we are in their debt. We want our club back.

@jayspray04: Time to go you vermin prick.

@adamf_99: Not looking good at Morecambe by the sounds of it. Only 5 players on their books going into next season as well. 👀😬

@mickeymfc: Get gone you fucking rat.

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