Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: It's the End of the Line for Gretna's Staff; 'There's No Funds Here, So Everybody Is Redundant'

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: It's the End of the Line for Gretna's Staff; 'There's No Funds Here, So Everybody Is Redundant'

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GRETNA caretaker boss Mick Wadsworth admitted "it's the end of the line" for staff who fought to save the club as he and the entire workforce at Raydale Park were made redundant yesterday.

Gretna could still be rescued before entering liquidation but their current cash supplies have run out.

Administrators had no option but to announce that everyone left at the club, including players, faced immediate redundancy.

Administrator David Elliot, of Wilson Field Ltd, confirmed there remains a glimmer of hope for Gretna, who have been relegated from the Scottish Premier League.

A consortium, led by Glasgow businessman Paul Davies, is still believed to be looking at taking on the club.

Talks with the Scottish Football League were ongoing yesterday afternoon, with the consortium eager for assurances Gretna would be admitted to the Irn-Bru First Division next season.

But Wadsworth (pictured right), who was also Gretna's director of football, gave a gloomy view of events.

He said: "We're told there is still one interested party, but because there are no funds at the moment to carry on then everybody has been made redundant.

"So the assumption from that, for most of us, is that it's the end of the line regarding employment at Gretna."

Wadsworth believes Gretna will face a struggle to get up and running in time to feature in next season's SFL.

"I think it will be right to say it's against the clock, because the SFL will have to work on their fixtures," said Wadsworth.

"If Gretna are not there they have to look at the numbers in the league. So I think there are a lot of practical issues."

If Gretna fold, Airdrie will be promoted to the First Division and Stranraer will climb into the Second Division, forcing the SFL to seek another club from outside its ranks to join the Third Division. …

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