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SKIPPER SAYS BARRY MUST 'COME CLEAN'
BARRY TOWN captain Lee Jarman has urged the club's bosses to come clean about off-the-field problems.
He admits the players are fed up with receiving "conflicting messages" about the financial troubles wreaking havoc at Jenner Park.
Preparations for tonight's Champions League return leg clash against FC Vardar of Macedonia have been overshadowed by a row over the lease of the club's ground.
The Welsh champions and the Vale of Glamorgan Council have been at loggerheads after the local authority handed Barry a 1,300 bill to stage the tie at Jenner Park.
With the cash-strapped club struggling to meet the cost, there was talk of the game being cancelled.
To make matters worse, it has also emerged that players' wages for June have still not been paid in full.
Former Cardiff defender Jarman, who leads the Dragons into tonight's game with the club trailing 3-0 from the first leg, admits it has been difficult for the players to concentrate on the football.
And the biggest problem, he says, is the lub not explaining exactly what is happening behind the scenes.
"We are not administrators or chief executives; the only thing we know about is the football side of things," said the ex-Wales Under-21 star.
"Which is why we need the people who are in charge to sit down with us and tell us exactly what the situation is.
"We're getting conflicting messages, which is very frustrating. We need to be told just what is going on behind the scenes." Jarman went on, "People seem to forget that it is the players making this club tick over.
"We have had to put up with so many problems over the past 18 months - stuff we should not have to deal with.
"But we've kept our end of the bargain by winning the league and cup and getting the club into Europe again.
"Yet, sadly, it seems the players are the lowest priority. We came back from Macedonia last week only to hear whispers the return leg might not go ahead.
"How do you prepare properly for a game of such importance when you're not even sure if it is on?
"As for the problem with wages not being paid, that has been very unsettling.
"Everyone has got mortgages and bills to pay so it is impossible to totally forget about that."
Jarman insists Barry's difficulties have brought the players closer together as they strive to progress beyond the qualifying stages of Europe's top club competition.
"We've always been close-knit and the problems we've gone through have made us even stronger."

[The Western Mail]

23 July 2021