Port Vale manager Micky Adams has admitted the problems off the field are affecting the players' morale.
The club is in administration after racking up debts of three million pounds.
Today Adams found out the team could be docked a further 20 points if agreement can't be reached on a plan to take the club out of administration which is acceptable to the creditors.
The side has already been deducted 10 points for going into administration - a futher penalty would consign the club to relegation from the Football League.
Adams says he remains committed to the club in the short term but can't say anything beyond that because of uncertainty about any future owner.
He also appealed to Vale's arch-rivals Stoke City to come to their aid. He hoped the Potters might consider arranging a pre-season friendly which could bring vital money into the coffers at Vale Park.
More immediately, Adams has the task of geeing up his unpaid players for their next game on Saturday - a difficult trip to Crawley Town.