CORK CITY captain Gearóid Morrissey believes that other SSE Airtricity League clubs are likely to have to suspend payments to players while sport in Ireland remains paused.
Last Saturday, City announced that players would be paid this week but not after that, as the lack of gate receipts has seen club revenue shrink. City’s last home game was against Finn Harps on February 28 and the league have announced that the tentative date for the resumption of action is June 19.
Morrissey understands the situation City are in and doesn’t except the Rebel Army – and Sligo Rovers, who have taken similar measures – to be the exceptions.
“This is bigger than football,” he says, “it’s just something that’s completely unprecedented and I don’t know anyone who hasn’t been affected in some way.
“A lot of people have lost work, it’s not just us, you can see how many people have applied for the government payment. The most important thing is that the club survives and we just have to get through this.
“Ourselves and Sligo have taken these steps and I’d be very surprised if others didn’t after this week, Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers might be the only ones who wouldn’t. We all have contracts and we’ll sit down with the club when this is all over to see what might happen, but I think the club do have the players’ best interests at heart.”
Having a return date which is almost three months away can be difficult, Morrissey admits, but for now he is doing his best to ensure he gets in sufficient individual training.
“Joe [Gamble, City’s assistant manager and strength & conditioning coach] gave us all programmes and we’ve been trying to follow those,” he says.
“It’s hard when June 19 is so far off but we’re just treating it like a long pre-season, getting ourselves ready again and making sure that when we do go back training we can pick things up and be prepared for the return to action.”