Macclesfield Town’s majority shareholder, Amar AlKadhi, has issued a statement in response to the news of the club’s players and staff not receiving wages for January.

The Silkmen, who could return to the top of the Vanarama National League if they win their game in hand, had seen a statement released late last week on behalf of the club’s staff and players stating they had received no pay for January and had been left with no communication on the issue. Now AlKadhi has offered his apologies in this message just posted on the club’s website:

‘I would like like to offer an unreserved apology to the players, fans, and the Chairman for the 3 business day delay in paying the wages due on 31st January – I have let them down. It boiled down to a technical issue with my bank, which delayed a bank transfer. A cash deficit was forecast in January and so it was budgeted for new funds to be transferred to the Club to cover the shortfall, which I had agreed to.

Put simply, I didn’t do my job properly for the club in January.

Since Mark Blower has been Chairman, he has always managed to pay the players on time and on this occasion I let him down.

John Askey has done a superb job in assembling an excellent squad of players, who in turn have played exceptionally well, and long may it continue.

Being top of the league, puts a different kind of pressure on the team, but these are exciting times and we have tried to support the Manager, by recruiting the targets that he identified and wanted in January, and on the back of this I have every confidence that John will pass the forthcoming tests with flying colours.

I have personally attended 6 of our last 7 League games and watched some very competitive performances and at times exceptionally high quality football, which has been very pleasurable. I thank John, his back room staff and the players for that.

Please enjoy the rest of the season, your continued support is amazing.

Amar AlKadhi’

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