Reports are coming in that League One Southend United have been given yet another week's stay on the winding up order lodged against them by HMRC.
Last month, after several previous appearances in court, the troubled club was given what was stated by the Court Registrar as a final deadline of 14th April 2010 to settle the debt. However this morning's hearing was first of all adjourned until 2.30 p.m., and then the Shrimpers were conceded another seven days - in an er, final final deadline - to meet their tax obligations.
The club asserted that it would pay the £411,000 owed within the next 24 to 48 hours, claiming that Sainsbury's was in the process of transferring another payment to the club, of £400,000 on this occasion, as part of a deal for the supermarket chain to acquire and develop Roots Hall as a retail outlet.
Southend United are due back in court on Wednesday 21st April to demonstrate the required payment to HMRC has been made in the meantime.
On the pitch the Shrimpers find themselves deep in relegation problems, five points shy of 20th place with just four games left to play.
Link: 10 March 2010 : Southend Tax Case Adjourned Again But Chester City Wound Up
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