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McGlynn unfazed by wage issue

20th September 2012, 01:29pm

John McGlynn: Getting on with his job

John McGlynn: Getting on with his job

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 today said 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.

"It doesn't concern me, really," McGlynn said. "Everybody's been paid in the past and I'm expecting to be paid in the near future.

"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 don't 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.

"They're more comfortable with the situation right now. Like anyone they'd have preferred to have been paid on time and not had this issue, but they've dealt with it very, very well so far.

"We have a very small group of players who are still waiting, but they've not made a big issue of it and we hope we can go to Tannadice and play well."

Ryan Stevenson rejoined Hearts from Ipswich in August, having left in January due to frustrations at the wage delays.

McGlynn said: "He's one of the players who has been paid."

Hearts play Dundee United in the SPL on Saturday, with defender Andy Webster a doubt with a back/hip injury.

"Webster picked up an injury on Tuesday which could make him extremely doubtful," McGlynn added.

Hearts' non-payment of player wages is to be on the agenda of a Scottish Premier League board meeting, which is set to take place on Friday.

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