- Notts County Ladies have informed their players they are unable to stay afloat
- Four members of England’s Women’s Euro Championship squad are in the team
- With the transfer window closed it is unknown whether they can join new teams
- The news comes just two days before the team were due to face Arsenal
Four members of England’s Women’s European Championship squad are facing three months without football after their club folded on the eve of the new season to leave them ‘jobless’.
Notts County Ladies told their players they would be unable to stay afloat on Friday morning with debts and projected losses for the new campaign rising to almost £1million.
It means England’s Carly Telford, Laura Bassett, Jade Moore and Jo Potter and their team-mates are without a club — just two days before they were due to play Arsenal in their season-bridging Women’s Super League Spring Series opener.
Notts County Ladies have told their players the club will fold on the eve of the new season
With the transfer window having closed it is not clear whether the players will be able to join a new team, less than three months before they kick off their Euro 2017 campaign in Holland.
Goalkeeper Telford tweeted: ‘Cannot believe what I have just witnessed!!! Notts County Ladies no longer exists!!!’
Team-mate Danielle Buet added: ‘Find out we have no more club…thanks @Official_NCFC left jobless and homeless.’
County Ladies finished sixth in WSL 1 in 2016 after reaching the 2015 FA Cup final.
England international duo Carly Telford (L) and Laura Bassett find themselves without a club
Owner Alan Hardy said keeping the club going would have been ‘financial suicide’. The local businessman took over Notts County in January and tried to restructure to save the Ladies side but his attempts have failed.
Hardy said: ’I am devastated that we cannot continue the Ladies project but the numbers simply do not stack up. Continuing would have been little short of financial suicide.
‘I wish to be totally transparent with supporters about the sums of money involved here. When I took over the club, HMRC and other creditors had in excess of £350,000 of unpaid liabilities.
Club owner Alan Hardy said keeping the club going would have been ‘financial suicide’
‘Additionally, I was extremely concerned that to operate Notts County Ladies for the current season was going to cost us approximately £500,000 – a figure principally made up of player and coaching salaries. Our total projected incoming revenue from attendances and sponsorship was £28,000.’
Despite interest from Premier League sides to take over the business, the Football Association would not sanction the transfer of licence to safeguard the club’s future under a new ownership structure.
An FA spokesperson said: ‘The FA is aware of the situation and is liaising with all involved parties. ‘Our priority is the welfare of the players and we will work closely with them, the PFA and wider stakeholders to support them through this time.’
The news comes as Notts County Ladies were preparing for their clash against Arsenal