Manchester City and England star Alex Greenwood has tweeted his support for Coventry United players after the club announced they would be placed into voluntary liquidation.
The women’s championship club, which was founded in 2013, turned pro at the start of this season and currently sit 11th out of 12 teams in the league.
In a statement posted on the club’s website, United confirmed the news: âWith regret, the board has asked BK Plus Limited to help put the company / club into voluntary creditors liquidation.
âAt this point we can’t go into detailsâ¦ We would like to thank everyone for their support over the past seven years. The club will keep you informed of future club developments.
A number of Coventry players have expressed their desperation online. Defender Holly Chandler wrote: âSometimes life is filled with things that are beyond your control. My heart is broken.”
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Likewise, babysitter Olivia Clark tweeted, “Coming into work and finding out you don’t have the job you’ve always dreamed of is heartbreaking.”
Greenwood was one of many who took to social media to express their anger at the situation and showed her support for ‘best friend’ Mollie Green, who has joined Coventry this season.
“Absolutely gutted for my best mate [Mollie Green] and all the girls of [Coventry United]! The sacrifices these girls make to become professional footballers, [only] to be told mid-season that we no longer have a job or a club, that’s just not enough !!! “
Greenwood City teammates echoed this message. Babysitter Ellie Roebuck wrote: “Hollowed out for all girls this shouldn’t be happening in our game!”
Meanwhile, Canada’s Janine Beckie said: âThere is absolutely no way that will happen in the game. What a disgrace. Emptied for these girls. Unacceptable.”
Catherine BattÃ©, the women’s football correspondent for Sport Courier, tweeted a statement received from BK Plus regarding their handling of the Coventry liquidation.
He stressed that the club were financially affected by games played behind closed doors due to Covid-19 and that admitted sponsors were hard to find.
The statement reads: âOn December 21, 2021, the accounting firm BK Plus was appointed to assist in the formal process of voluntary liquidation of Coventry United Ladies Limited (â the Company â). The Company is scheduled to go into liquidation on January 4, 2022.
âAs a result, the operational activities of the company are to cease with immediate effect, which includes the termination of employment contracts for the 30 employees of the company (including gaming staff). “
Richard Tonks, insolvency practitioner at BK Plus, added to this – noting that no offer to buy the club has been received.
âCompany directors explained that the company suffered financially from COVID when games were played behind closed doors and potential sponsors were difficult to attract,â he said.
The directors informed the FA and asked BK Plus to urgently seek a buyer for the company. Earlier this month the company went up for sale and despite some interest no offers were ultimately received.
âUnder the circumstances, the directors concluded that there was no other alternative but to put the company into liquidation. While the timing is far from ideal in the context of the holiday season, with the Company unable to pay the wages owed at the end of the month, the decision has been taken now in order to comply with the relevant legislation on employees. corporations and insolvency; and, to enable employees to file severance pay claims with the government department as soon as possible in the new year. “
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