McGlynn unfazed by wage issue

Blackpool Citizen: John McGlynn s not worried by the latest wage delay at Hearts John McGlynn s not worried by the latest wage delay at Hearts

Hearts manager John McGlynn insists he is not overly concerned by the latest wage delay at the Clydesdale Bank Premier League club.

Six players and two members of staff, including McGlynn himself, did not receive their wages on schedule on Monday and those monthly salaries remain outstanding. On four occasions last season, salaries were significantly delayed at Hearts, who avoided Scottish Premier League sanctions over the issue in January.

McGlynn admitted it "might not be the last" time he would have to address the issue at Hearts, who won the Scottish Cup in May and played Liverpool in a two-legged Europa League qualifying tie last month, but he said: "It doesn't concern me, really. Everybody's been paid in the past and I'm expecting to be paid in the near future."

He added: "The club are waiting on money coming in. There's money due to come in which will certainly take that issue away. The money's coming in from a very credible source; it's not like we think the money's not going to come in.

"It's not like the last time when we were waiting on the money to come from Lithuania (where majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov is based). I'm not that worried. My wife works, so I'm all right."

All 12 Clydesdale Bank Premier League clubs are awaiting the latest instalment of television revenue amounting to £300,000 per club, but there is no scheduled due date for those funds.

McGlynn, who said Hearts were awaiting television revenue from the Liverpool tie, moved to Tynecastle from Raith, where he worked under tight financial constraints but did not experience wage delays.

Hearts have paid players handsomely under Romanov's leadership, but in the last 18 months have been seeking to cut their outlay, with the squad reduced in size. McGlynn was aware of the potential for wage trouble when he took the job at Hearts and insisted the topic was not being discussed openly among his playing squad.

He added: "No-one said there's going to be ongoing issues with the wages, but you cannot be daft and think these things are not going to come up. You hope they're not going to come up, obviously, because it is a distraction that you could do without.

"It has risen up and you have to deal with it, play the cards that you're dealt. The players have been here before, done it before and they've always been paid. It's maybe not been on time, but they've always been paid."

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