Pressure mounts on the Government to help save Worcester as MPs demand the stricken Premiership club is forced into administration as they gear up for season opener against London Irish
- Worcester are facing financial woes and are struggling to fulfill wages
- Staff had been informed that they will only receive 65% of their monthly salary
- The Premiership side are counting down to their opener against London Irish
- MPs feel putting the side into administration would safeguard the club’s future
Pressure was mounting on the government on Monday night to help safeguard Worcester’s rugby future – with local MPs demanding that the club is forced into administration this week.
As the Warriors prepare to start their Premiership campaign against London Irish in Brentford on Saturday – and with take-over talks stalling – their desperate financial plight has reached a critical point.
The department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has been urged to intervene, which is an increasing possibility now, according to leading sources. But it must do so quickly, as the club could face relegation as punishment if they go into administration once the season has begun.
Pressure is mounting on the Government to help safeguard Worcester’s future
Politicians within the county have united in support of drastic action. Sixways falls within the constituency of Worcester MP Robin Walker, who said: ‘Enough is enough. I wanted to give every opportunity for a solution to be found which would avoid the club going into administration, but it is now clear that this is not in sight.’
His sentiments were echoed by Harriett Baldwin, MP for West Worcestershire, Redditch MP Rachel Maclean and Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier.
It is understood that DCMS can force Worcester into administration, against the wishes of current co-owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham, based on suspicions of mis-management.
Worcester Warriors are facing financial woes and are struggling to fulfill wages
In that event, the pair’s activities while in control of the club would be forensically scrutinised – such as claims that as recently as last Friday, they were hastily altering the title deeds for areas of land at Sixways and nearby, to hand control over to a petrol services company.
If the Warriors go into administration, it would wipe off approximately £11million of their near-£30m debt. It would also clear the way for a take-over by a consortium led by former club chief executive, Jim O’Toole. The group, which has already provided proof of funds to DCMS, is thought to be encouraged by the timely intervention of the local MPs.
Meanwhile, Worcester are understood to have rejected a request by Premiership Rugby to allow behind-the-scenes filming this week, as they prepare for the new campaign against a backdrop of turmoil. Instead, the club are compiling their own footage, to highlight the human dimension of this fraught sporting saga.
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