Dundalk manager Vinny Perth has praised the club’s owners for their show of support to players and staff in these difficult times as the world battles to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
As revealed by The Argus last week, everyone at Oriel Park has been assured that their wages will continue to be paid despite the football season having been halted until at least June 19th.
This was confirmed in a letter to staff which was subsequently released publicly last Tuesday.
While conscious of the fact that others within the league and within the local community have not been as fortunate in terms of keeping their employment, Perth said it was further evidence that club owners PEAK6 had the right intentions when it came to Dundalk FC.
When it was pointed out it was a welcome relief for all concerned, the 43-year-old said: “Absolutely. It gives people who are working in the club real security.
“I’m very conscious that there are a lot of people out there who haven’t got the same luxury but I’ve never been shy about saying that I trust this board and I trust these owners.
“I believe they’ve got the right intentions for this football club and this is just another symbol of it.”
The letter from the board of directors read as follows:
“Dear Dundalk FC family,
“We are proud of all of your efforts thus far to instil a sense of stability and community as COVID-19 continues to spread around the world. The world is a very different place than it was a year ago, a month ago and even a few weeks ago. Times like these bring uncertainty and stress to us all.
“Although these are stressful times, the Board of Directors would like to make sure that no member of Dundalk FC is stressed about losing their job and wages. You will all continue to be paid and the Board of Directors is committed to keeping stability in your daily lives and homes as we all get through this difficult time.
“We ask that everyone continues to follow government guidance and team policies as we can all do our part to beat COVID-19. We also wish you all health, happiness and safety.
“We also want to thank our loyal sponsors for being there with us through the suspension of play. We also want to thank our season ticket holders for their ongoing support. Without the commitment of our sponsors and season ticket holders, we would not be able to make this commitment to our employees. Please support our sponsors to the extent that you are able during this crisis and, especially, once the crisis has passed.
“As noted in the club’s communication of March 14th, we take pride in the supporters and volunteers who have offered to assist the elderly and vulnerable in our community. We applaud you for that and we thank you for your continuing support of Dundalk FC.
“We wish each and every one of you the best of health and look forward to seeing all of you at Oriel Park very soon.”