The board of Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division club Skelmersdale United have issued a statement regarding the current situation at Stormy Corner to try and avert rumours flying around at present.

In the statement released on their website, Skem Chairman Paul Griffiths said: “You will no doubt be aware that certain players have sought to leave the club. This is purely for financial reasons.

“In light of our current league position and performances, we have suffered a decrease in attendances and sponsorships and this had had a large impact on our income stream.

“Therefore, I have informed manager Tommy Lawson that we will have to cut his playing budget, and unless some serious sponsorship can be found, this will be until the end of the season.

“Let me make it clear that I do not, under any circumstances, blame any player who decides to leave. We all have to make a living and we live to the means at our disposal. I wish all those players the very best and I am sorry that it has come to this.

“Tommy Lawson could easily have walked away, but being the man his is, he has decided to support the club and see things through.

“Believe me, he has a daunting task ahead of him, but being Tommy, he has already put plans in motion to keep us moving forward, and he has all our gratitude.

“Myself and the Board will do all we can to reverse our fortunes. I will be looking for the local business community to help if they can. I know it`s hard times for all of us at present.

“I know the fans who have seen it through so far will continue to do so, and I thank each and every one of them”.

Source: Skelmersdale United FC

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