Worcester chief Steve Diamond urges fans to keep faith ahead of new Premiership season as the cash-strapped Warriors FINALLY pay their players amid £25million debt crisis
- Steve Diamond declared that Worcester were ‘all systems go’ for the new season
- The Premiership club has finally started to pay its players their overdue wages
- Worcester have been on the verge of collapse after holding debts of £25million
- Diamond has urged fans to keep faith in the club ahead of the fresh campaign
Worcester Warriors boss Steve Diamond declared ‘all systems go’ for the new season on Saturday after the cash-strapped club finally paid its players.
Worcester have been on the brink of collapse with debts of £25million and fears of a player strike ahead of Saturday’s opener against London Irish.
But the club’s future is now secure for at least a month after overdue salaries began filtering through on Saturday.
Worcester Warriors chief Steve Diamond has urged fans to keep faith in the struggling club
Worcester were on the verge of collapse with debts of £25m and struggled to pay their players
Diamond told The Mail on Sunday: ‘The players have been paid and the staff have been paid. The people behind the scenes have managed to do that, which is a relief, and we’ve got to concentrate on our day job now. It’s all systems go for the foreseeable.
‘To be fair, there was only one player who wanted to leave. I’ll chat with that player and hopefully we can get him back enthused.’
Co-owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham are keen to find a buyer over the next month. Three potential investors have expressed an interest in a takeover.
In the meantime, Diamond has urged supporters to buy tickets for the upcoming home games at Sixways to help boost the club’s accounts.
Diamond has revealed that the players and staff have finally been paid their overdue wages
The boss urged that Worcester were ‘all systems go’ ahead of the new Premiership campaign
‘The communication I’ve had from the owners is they have some very interested people behind the scenes,’ said Diamond. ‘Now they have a bit of time to get into the detail of that after spending the whole week raising money.
‘Running a business is about cash flow and we’ve got two home games coming up — Exeter and Newcastle — and it’s important we put in a good display and fill the stadium.
‘I hope the fans will come down. Maybe some of those who drifted away. There’s been a huge uplift in interest in the local area.’
The Gallagher Premiership starts on Friday as Worcester travel to London Irish on Saturday
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