Coventry United Ladies enter voluntary liquidation as first team players express ‘heartbreak’ following their release just months after club turned professional
- Sportsmail has learnt Coventry United Ladies have entered voluntary liquidation
- The Women’s Championship club have released their first team players and staff
- Full-time contracts were given out at the start of the season amid lofty ambitions
- The board of directors has instructed a firm to place the club into liquadation
Coventry United Ladies have entered voluntary liquidation after releasing their first team players and staff.
The Women’s Championship club turned professional at the start of this season after businessmen Steve Quinlan, Darren Landon and Paul Marsh, who own cleaning brand Hycolin, bought a 49 percent stake in the club.
Full-time contracts were given out at the start of the season with hopes that the club would be competing at the top of the Championship.
Coventry United Ladies (red) have entered voluntary liquidation, releasing players and staff
But the club have since plummeted into a financial crisis. Sportsmail spoke to accountancy firm BK Plus Limited who confirmed they were managing the club’s situation.
It has now been confirmed that the board of directors have instructed the company to assist with placing the club into creditors/ voluntary liquidation, but refused to comment further.
Devastated players and staff were informed of the news on Thursday morning, with many voicing their anger and disappointment on social media.
The club only turned professional in the summer but directors have instructed an accountancy firm to enter them into voluntary liquidation
Wales international Olivia Clark wrote: ‘I have no words. To come into work and to find out that you no longer have the job that you’ve always dreamed of is heartbreaking. Thanks for making me a professional footballer and for the best two seasons. The best group of girls you could ask for, Red and Green forever.’
Her team-mate Anna Wilcox added: ‘Some of the best memories I’ve ever had… thank you @CovUnitedLFC for making my dreams come true and thank you to all of my team mates I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a pitch with and finally thank you to all of the staff. Forever Red and Green
Manchester City and England international Alex Greenwood tweeted her support to the players and said the situation was ‘not good enough’.
A number of stars including Olivia Clark (above) expressed their disappointment at the news
She wrote: ‘Absolutely gutted for my best mate @mollie_green97 & all the girls at @CovUnitedLFC ! The sacrifices these girls make to become professional footballers to be told halfway through a season you no longer have a job, or a club, is simply not good enough!!!’
It also emerged that players had been given just one week’s wages before Christmas.
The club merged with non-league side Coventry United in 2015 after previously being part of Coventry City, who said at the time they no place for a women’s team. The club were promoted to the Championship in 2019 and have maintained their second-tier status for successive seasons.