The players and management at Waterford FC have expressed their disappointment after learning via e-mail that they were being temporarily laid off by the club due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
While the decision is not a huge surprise under the circumstances, manager Alan Reynolds labelled the means by which he and his players were told was a "a disgrace" and said it showed no respect for the employees of the club.
The e-mail, signed by Jack Power, general manager at the club and son of chairman Lee, said: "This is a hard letter to be writing, of which, I would never have imagined I would be sending to you as employees of Waterford FC.
"With the currrent situation and continuing effect of Covid-19 the club has been hit hard financially due to the last game being ten weeks ago.
"As agreed previously we have continued to make payments to all staff over these few months, however, after time to deliberate the board has come to the conclusion for the survival of the club we have no other option.
"Therefore it is with great regret that we have made the decision to 'temporarily lay off' all employees with immediate effect."
Commenting on the communication and how it was delivered, Reynolds said: "I was totally unaware of this until I got a message from the players. Imagine being laid off like that after the service I have given to my home-town club?
"The players, who are suffering like the rest of us, are disgusted by the way this was carried out.
"I understand cuts are necessary, but is this the way to do it?"