Sean Wharton
"I am extremely gutted for the players" - Crows' boss Sean Wharton.
CWMBRAN Town's future hangs in the balance once again as the cash-strapped Gwent outfit revealed they have run out of cash.
Players were told this week there is no money to pay them after sponsorship the club had been hoping for failed to materialise.
The players have committed to the Crows in the short term and will line-up against Aberystwyth Town at the Cwmbran Stadium on Friday night.
But acting chairman Mike Lewis says: "We are continuing to work hard and try to attract local business but it is proving extremely difficult. We have tried our best but sponsorship is not forthcoming - it is crunch time.
"And certain rumours circulating in the town that manager Sean Wharton is about to resign are not true."
Recently a consortium was reported to be interested in taking over, but Lewis said: "To my knowledge there is no consortium. An individual made an offer which was not agreeable to the committee."
Inaugural members of the Welsh Premier, Cwmbran first lurched into financial diffulties a year ago, resulting in the loss of manager Brian Coyne and the majority of senior players.
They avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth but, after a bright start to the current campaign, they have now gone eight games without a win. Lewis is hoping that the 300 fans who turned up for the last home game against Welshpool, when admission was free, will return for Friday's game.
"It is a nightmare time to be without money. It is a shame because the players deserve better," says manager Wharton. "We have had to cut back on training and that has coincided with our dip in form.
"I have tried to protect the players from what has been going on but I had to tell them at training that the club has absolutely no money."
30 November 2006