& # 39; Chris Powell would stand up for us & # 39 ;: what an angry Southend player told boss Sun Campbell after a meeting about unpaid wages like stars and staff threatening to continue STRIKE
- Southend players and staff threatened to beat Saturday's game
- The protest comes after a bitter meeting about unpaid wages
- Sportsmail has learned that players have met with manager Sol Campbell after training
- It is believed that players were not satisfied with Campbell's response to the issue
Players and staff of Southend threaten to strike before they strike The Saturday's game against Tranmere in a protest about unpaid wages after a bitter meeting with manager Sol Campbell about the issue.
Sportsmail revealed earlier this week that at least seven players and staff had not received a wage that was due on December 31 and that they had not yet been paid despite a promise by President Ron Martin that they would get their money on Tuesday, putting the League One competition of Saturday at risk.
To indicate the club's fraudulent mood Sportsmail learned that a number of players met Campbell after training on Thursday, and were not satisfied with his response.
It is claimed that a campbelled player Campbell with the words & # 39; Chris Powell would stand up for us & # 39 ;, a reference to the former manager of the club, who perished very badly with the former English defender.
Campbell and his coaching staff have been paid, but various fringe players and youth teams are still waiting for the December wage.
In a related development, a number of club stewards have also not been paid and are in danger of not coming to work at Roots Hall on Saturday, creating the prospect of a postponement of the competition for security reasons.
The PFA has agreed to meet Southend players in the club in the hope of finding a solution to the crisis.
Bury, Bolton and Macclesfield have all postponed games due to non-paying players this season, with the Gigg Lane club being thrown out of the league last summer after they had not demonstrated that they had sufficient means to continue to go.
Southend's failure to complete Saturday's match would be a new blow to the status of the EFL, accompanied by financial problems in the lower leagues, and cast doubt on the future of the club in the long-term.