Brightlingsea Regent chairman Terry Doherty has warned that the club’s status could be threatened if staff suffer persistent abuse.

Doherty explained that long-serving defender Josh Gould’s dual-registration signing for FC Clacton is down to budget cuts. He also commented: “Any online abuse directed at my staff is wholly uncalled for and wholly unfair.

“Unlike some of the players who are on £600 to £700 a month, they do not earn a bean, even though they put in twice as many hours into the club and are required to pay for their own travel and expenses. Players come and go, that is the nature of football nowadays, but the staff remain out of loyalty.

“If I lose staff members due to abuse by keyboard warriors then I will be forced to seriously consider my own position and the current status of the club itself within the league structure.”

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