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Oldham Athletic hierarchy under fire amid financial crisis

League Two club Oldham Athletic are the latest EFL club facing a financial crisis and supporters say they’re being kept in the dark.

It was reported last week that the club would not be paying its players and staff on time – following warnings from the club about potential delays with their wages.

The club was served with a winding-up petition over unpaid taxes and have been summoned to the High Court on 18th March after a claim by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

Supporters of the Greater Manchester club have blamed the Boundary Park hierarchy for allowing the situation to deteriorate as the Boundary Park landlords called in more than £500,000 in debt owned.

The Push the Boundary fan group said: “The club have provided lip service throughout with promises broken on many occasions, treated the fans with disdain and has since inflamed an already existing rift with the landlord at Boundary Park.”

Moroccan football agent Abdallah Lemsagam acquired Oldham Athletic in January 2018, but the club’s 21-year stint in the third tier came to an end four months later when they were relegated.

Lemsagam’s reign has been a controversial one with the short-lived appointment of Paul Scholes, an ongoing dispute with the club’s landlords, and closure of the north stand.

The supporters’ trust at Oldham owns a 3% stake in the club and have accused the owners of avoiding their questions and obstructing their inquiries.

Trust Oldham said: “In principle we do not take issue with the club for the fact that it faces financial difficulties, particularly insofar as some of these may be beyond its control.

“What we do take issue with is not being provided with the information we need to understand the financial state of the club.

“If a winding up petition is pending or regular financial commitments will not be met, Trust Oldham has a right to know.

“In being denied access to this information we are being prevented from having the opportunity to intervene in the interests of safeguarding the club as a key function of Trust Oldham.”

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