Bartlett 'confident' over Hull future
Published : 26 Apr 2010 10:38:28
Hull owner Russell Bartlett has claimed the club can "trade through" their current financial difficulties.
The cash-strapped Tigers, £35million in debt, face an uncertain future due to their impending relegation from the Barclays Premier League. There have been reports the club could go into administration and chairman Adam Pearson has admitted entering into a Creditors Voluntary Arrangement is a possibility. Both options would incur a 10-point penalty next season.
The board are due to meet to discuss the crisis but Bartlett believes another route can be found, and told the Hull Daily Mail: "We face a tough period to trade through the transitional period and readjust the business to life in the Championship, but I am confident we can do that."
He added: "We are presently preparing plans to trade through and within that process is to significantly lower the wage bill and potentially to restructure other liabilities."
Hull were issued a stark warning by their auditors earlier this season that, with their current liabilities, relegation could seriously threaten their ability to continue as a going concern.
Demotion from the top flight after a two-year stay was all but confirmed on Saturday as Hull were beaten 1-0 by Sunderland at the KC Stadium.
Hull are now six points adrift of safety with just two games remaining and a hugely inferior goal difference.
Pearson has already made a number of cuts since returning to Hull for a second term last November but his priority will now be to offload a number of high-earning players.
Pearson largely failed in his attempts to attract interest in several fringe players in the January transfer window, but notably turned down bids for key player Stephen Hunt.
That stance may now change and other senior players such as Jimmy Bullard, Geovanni, Anthony Gardner, Kamil Zayatte and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink are likely to be put in the shop window.