Advisers acting on behalf of HMRS say the team could be just days away from going out of business altogether. A recent run of poor results, claims of mismanagement and dressing room unrest has left the troubled team languishing at the foot of the EU table and struggling to fulfil its fixture list.
Now with manager Gordon Brown facing a vote of no confidence from supporters, and despite reassurances from the chairman there are signs he may be losing the backing of the board too. ‘He was never our choice in the first place’ said one disgruntled supporter outside the ground ‘he was given the job over our heads without anyone even getting a chance to vote. The job was always too big for him and now we are in real danger of losing premiership status. His teams lack creativity and vision, there’s no-one on the left wing and too much money wasted on defence. We would like to see that Berlusconi given a chance, he can’t be any worse’.
The club has received widespread criticism in the tabloids recently following rumours of inflated wage demands, indulgent expense claims and win-win bonuses for some players who City insiders insist ‘are only in it for the money’.
Although there was a brief spell of success with victory in the Credit Cup and a chance to rub shoulders with Europe’s elite, it was achieved on the back of high borrowing and risk taking by the board.
Brown has also been criticised lately by people within the regime of aggressive behaviour towards junior members of staff and poor levels of man management skills, resulting in some players asking for a move away from the club.
‘We are looking for new investors, but who will want to take on all the debts?’ said Andy Gillespie editor of fanzine HitSquadUK. ‘But whatever happens we don’t want the Americans involved, this is a club – not a franchise. I can see us ending up in the old Third World division before too long. I heard on TalkSport that some toff from Eton Academicals might come in for the club at the end of the season but what will he know about grass roots supporters. The only terrace he’s ever stood on is the one overlooking the lake at Versailles.’