Welshpool Town face uncertain future
Tue 9th Nov 2010 | Money & Finance
Welshpool Football Club face an uncertain future after the resignation of manager Mike Barton after just a month at the helm sparking an emergency meeting and the postponement of Tuesday night`s scheduled league visit to Penrhyncoch.
General manager Liam Pritchard had informed Barton to advise his players to look for new clubs, but says that was only a recommendation to Tuesday night's meeting in a bid to buy time to secure the club's long term future.
"This club is far from dead," Pritchard says. "Any decision to withdraw from the league is not mine to make unilaterally. I will put it to the committee, if they agree then we'll shift our focus to preparing for next season. If not, I will continue to implement the decisions of the committee as usual.
"However, I do believe that, on balance, based on a number of issues I'll be informing the committee of on Monday night, if we find ourselves in the position where we cannot fulfil fixtures then, to avoid continued fines, futher points deductions and repeated bad publicity, it would be best to withdraw from the league altogether.
"This would mean having to start from the very bottom again but I don't see that as a bad thing and don't think the club should either.
"We have the infrastructure and fundraising in place to be a real force in that league. I know it sounds arrogant but I believe that we will achieve three successive promotions and reach the Mid-Wales League Division 1 very quickly, which is where we're going to be next season anyway.
"The way we are at the moment, our supporters are breaking their backs raising funds and they're just being swallowed up by running costs, there's no room to breathe or forward plan."
Pritchard denies the future of the club is in the balance. "I feel that taking the hit now and ripping the plaster off will see the club emerge much stronger and better equipped to deal with football at this level," he added.
"We'll almost certainly never be a Welsh Premier League club again, but I feel in the future we can compete at the right end of the Cymru Alliance."
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