It has emerged this week that Marlow boss Mark Bartley offered the club his resignation in the hours before Saturday’s postponement against Ashford Town.
A communications breakdown has been blamed for the Blues’ players refusing to play the match, in what looked to be a coordinated strike. But Bartley admitted there was blame on all sides for the postponement, not just the players, and admitted that he’d offered his resignation to the board prior to the game and then informed some of his senior players of the move, in an attempt to keep everything out in the open.
He conceded this may not have helped the situation, but, as players texted him to say they were unable to play, it seems many of them were doing so in a case of misguided loyalty to their manager. The club is now likely to receive a big fine for failing to fulfil their fixture, while the players could also receive individual fines for their actions, if it can be proved they’ve refused to take part in the match.
Uncertainty over the club’s financial situation has fanned the flames as well, with many of the players mistakenly believing the club had come into money in recent weeks, and that money owed to them in the form of expenses wasn’t going to be paid.
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