Quang Ninh had faced financial problems before the 2021 season began, with their sponsor withdrawing. The team's head manager and many key players have already moved to other teams. Only a few have stayed and the club has had to use many young players from their academy. Despite this, the team has performed well. After eight rounds of the V. League tournament, they have 18 points, only one behind table leaders Hoang Anh Gia Lai.
In March, Quang Ninh players went on strike and refused to train.
Quang Ninh Province has said it does not have the responsibility to pay the players, that the duty belongs to Quang Ninh Football JSC and the club's sponsor Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group.