Hearts confirmed players would not be paid as scheduled on Friday - but hit out at fringe squad members who chose to "stagnate" and take the club's money "while offering very little or nothing in return".
Players now face a fourth significant delay in monthly payments this season but the club appeared to lay the blame towards some of the squad for not leaving in January.
"Hearts today rejected any funding doubts following confirmation that the playing squad would not receive their wages today," a club statement read. "The club expects players to be paid before the end of March and players were informed of this yesterday."
The club admitted they had expected a more profitable transfer window but they have vowed to reduce the wage bill in the summer while still remaining the biggest spenders outside the Old Firm.
"The marketplace has changed significantly in favour of clubs, as opposed to players and their agents, and we fully expect to reduce the playing staff salary bill towards recommended industry standard levels," the statement added.
"This is important as the club has been moderately successful in agreeing mutual early terminations with players, which assisted eight players to exit the club in January and allowed those players to develop their careers elsewhere.
"It is, however, unfortunate that it was outwith the power of the club to persuade some remaining fringe players to leave early as they elected to stagnate, preferring to take the club's money while offering very little or nothing in return.
"This is an issue that the club will resolve to a large extent at the end of the season and at that point we would expect that payment delays should be eradicated."