AFTER three weeks banished and transfer listed it seems no-one wants Northwich Vics stars Chris Williams, Kevin Townson and Paul Tait – and they don’t want anyone else either.
The trio were seen as a disturbing influence by manager Dino Maamria and told to stay away from the Victoria Stadium.
They have done that – and shown no signs of wanting to play again.
They are being paid for nothing and could do so until the end of the season and their contracts.
Maamria said: “They are sitting on their backsides and picking up their money and that shows they are the kind of people who gave nothing to club in the first place.
“There has been the possibility of loans for all three but they are not interested.
“I have advised them they need to be playing, need to keep match fit. I don’t know what their game is.
“They have contracts and we have to honour them, but they should also behave in a professional way and if they had any pride they’d want to be playing.
“They were a problem for me and I wanted that problem out of the dressing room.
“Sadly for them, after circulating to all the Blue Square and UniBond League clubs that they were available, the only inquiry we have had was from Bradford Park Avenue for Chris Williams.”
Maamria, meanwhile, is planning his January recruitment, which could be the key to Vics survival.
They have got to make up a difference of 10 points on fifth from bottom Farsley Celtic and by the time the transfer window opens the loan periods of Nick Farquarharson, Luke Akins and Natt Kerr will be at an end.
The gap is bridgeable, though much may depend on the quality of Vics’ signings.
‘I have my targets,’ said Maamria. He also will soon have Jonny Allan and Mike Byrne back from long term injuries.
But he is likely to name the team that drew at Stafford to receive Oxford United on Saturday.
Vics were knocked out of the FA Cup by Oxford, but they have underachieved this season and did not impress Maamria.
He said: ‘We could have beaten Stafford, but at least we got one point nearer Farsley and kept a clean sheet.
‘We know all about Oxford and we were unlucky to lose there. But they have a squad of 24 high quality players and with those resources they are capable of turning it on in any one game.
‘We need to improve our cutting edge. But we’ll have Jonny Allan back soon and that will be like having a new player.’
Jim Rushe will update fans as to the progress of his consortium’s takeover bid for Vics at an open meeting of the Supporters Trust on Tuesday (8pm) at the Floatel.
The Inland Revenue were granted a two-month adjournment of their winding up order on Wednesday to allow talks to be finalised.