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‘Gutted’ Coventry Ladies captain Wilkinson pleads for help for teammates’ ‘livelihood’ after club begin liquidation

KATIE WILKINSON is ‘praying’ football directors can help Coventry United Ladies players and staff following the collapse of the Women’s championship team.

The bookkeepers are overseeing the ‘voluntary liquidation’ of the club with their squad and staff leaving without work TWO days before Christmas.

Coventry United Ladies voluntarily liquidated despite turning professional at the start of the season

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Coventry United Ladies voluntarily liquidated despite turning professional at the start of the seasonCredit: Getty
Coventry players were shocked by the news of the collapse of the Women's Championship club

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Coventry players were shocked by the news of the collapse of the Women’s Championship club

This is despite the club turning professional at the start of this season and assigning players to full-time contracts.

A club statement website said: “Unfortunately, the board of directors has directed BK Plus Limited to assist in bringing the company/club into the category of creditor for voluntary liquidation.”

The news is said to have shocked Coventry players and backstage staff with some expressing their disappointment on social media platforms.

And The Telegraph report The players and staff were only informed of the club’s predicament earlier today.

The player and staff are said to have been released.

In a post shared on his Twitter account, Wilkinson, 26, wrote: “I am truly speechless and truly heartbroken and heartbroken for this group of players and staff.

“We have absolutely no indication that the club is in financial difficulty.

“It feels so cruel that what should have been one of the happiest times of the year, our livelihood, financial security and clubbing has been taken from us just two days before Christmas. ”

Wilkinson, a two-time Women’s Championship winner, joined Coventry on a two-year deal in July of this year after two terms at Sheffield United

Striker who started her senior career at Birmingham in 2013, playing for the Blues, Aston Villa and the former London Bees.

In his tweet, the Cov United striker added: “The hard thing to swallow right now is that I know many of my teammates have sacrificed their jobs, careers, homes, families and more to become a bridge. Full-time professional soccer player for Coventry United.

“I just hope and pray the FA, the PFA, the clubs, players and fans in our amazing football community can come together and support my teammates in their quest new clubs to play the game they love.”

Coventry became a professional football team after business officials Steve Quinlan, Darren Landon and Paul Marsh bought a 49% stake in the club.

The trio owns the city-based cleaning and hygiene products company Mirius.

Coventry United Ladies has commenced liquidation which has put its players, staff and other figures in dire straits women’s game dizzy.

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Club goalkeeper and Wales international Olivia Clark has described the situation as ‘heartbreaking’.

In a comment posted on his Twitter page, Clark said: “I have no words.

“Going to work and realizing that you no longer have the job of your dreams is heartbreaking.

“Thank you for making me a professional footballer and for two of the best seasons. The best group of girls you could ask for, Red and Green forever. “

The liquidation of Coventry United Ladies comes just eight days after the Conti Cup clash with Tottenham

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The liquidation of Coventry United Ladies comes just eight days after the Conti Cup clash with TottenhamCredit: Getty

And Tottenham manager Rehanne Skinner was disappointed to see the problems facing Coventry just eight days after the Midlands side’s 3-2 loss in the Conti Cup.

In a tweet, Skinner wrote: “Disappointing to see the situation of Coventry Utd Women. “We were just there Weds last week.

“The dedicated players and staff are trying to push the game forward, now let’s do this before Christmas.

“Don’t stay in a position where teams can disappear overnight, feel all involved.”

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