As if a 1-0 defeat at home to 17th placed Guiseley wasn’t bad enough, Woking fans were dealt further disappointment as it was revealed afterwards that players and management were unhappy with the club’s board over bonuses.
The Cards suffered their first defeat at home since November, their fourth league game without a win, before BBC Surrey revealed of a dispute behind the scenes with players and management refusing to speak to the media.
Their tweets read: ‘EXCLUSIVE: @bbcsurrey understands @wokingfc management and players in dispute with club board over bonuses #cards @Woking_FC’
‘#cards: @BBCSurrey told players were promised bonuses at end of season, now players told only if finish top 5 @Woking_FC @nonleagueshow’
The dispute featured on the front page of the Non-League Page saying ‘BONUS ROW AT WOKING’ while ‘BONUS ROW AT CARDS’ was the headline of the match report inside. The match report confirmed that, ‘Sources close to Kingfield confirmed the situation to The NLP last night, but the club remained silent’.
BBC Surrey’s sport editor Tim Durrans spoke to the Non-League Football Show on Saturday evening and said: ‘We understand that the players and the management team – Garry Hill and Steve Thompson – locked themselves in the dressing room after their 1-0 defeat today at home to Guiseley.
‘They were told at the start of the season, apparently, that they would get a bonus as they normally do each season but they are now finding out that they’ll only get a bonus – ‘moving the goalposts’ is a phrase I heard – if they finish in the top 5 of the National League.’
You can listen to the full interview 12 minutes in here.
Since then, a statement was released confirming the issue by Director of Football Geoff Chapple on the club website:
‘It is never helpful when matters such as these are discussed outside of any club.
This issue will be resolved, and in the meantime the club will not be making any further statements.’
BBC Sport also confirmed the story on their website. Click here for the article.
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