29 May 2009

Southampton staff not getting paid

5:58 am on 29 May 2009

The plight of former English FA Cup winners Southampton has worsened with staff at the south coast football club being told they will not be paid this month.

Southampton were relegated to the third tier of English football for the first time in 50 years and will start next season with a 10-point penalty imposed by the Football League after its holding company went into administration.

A statement from the club's administrators said finding a buyer for the stricken club was proving difficult and that directors had asked staff for their "continued goodwill" by continuing to work unpaid for another week.

Southampton, who won the FA Cup in 1976 and reached the final as recently as 2003, finished second from bottom of the Championship (second division) this season.