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Players' wages at Carlisle United set to smash £2 million barrier

Players' wages at Carlisle United are set to smash the £2 million barrier for the first time in the club’s history, it emerged today.

The revelation is made by chief executive David Allen as he defends the Brunton Park hierarchy following the controversial sale of Simon Hackney to today’s opponents Colchester.

United parted with popular winger Hackney on Monday for a six-figure fee, which News & Star Sport can today reveal to be £105,000.

The move sparked strong criticism from supporters who have blasted the club’s apparent reluctance to reinvest in the team.

But Allen today disputes that claim, highlighting the transfer window signings of Graham Kavanagh and Joe Anyinsah, and the recent contract extensions handed to Paul Thirlwell, Peter Murphy and Marc Bridge-Wilkinson.

“Players of this stature – they include internationals and ex-Premier League players – do not come cheap,” said Allen.

“In fact, our accounts next summer are expected to show that players’ wages will break the £2 million mark for the first time in the club’s history.

“But we know that is the price we have to pay to attract and retain players of this calibre as we seek to compete successfully.”

Allen claimed boss Greg Abbott’s squad had not been weakened by Hackney’s departure as it was offset by the arrival of Anyinsah from Preston.

Hackney is banned from playing against the Blues today under the terms of his move to the Essex club, but will be at Brunton Park today to watch his new team-mates.

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After the appalling display on Saturday maybe the players are getting too much money, and should only be paid in relation to effort. They will lose support if they do not appear to want to play. They certainly did not at the week-end.

Posted by Joyce Johnstone on 2 February 2009 at 17:39

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