Cuts looming for Terras?
By Adam Summers
Wednesday 5th January 2011
ROB Wolleaston could be heading for the exit door at the
Bob Lucas Stadium after Weymouth chairman George Rolls insisted
the club must continue to live within its means.
The ex-Chelsea midfielder, who is the top earner at the Terras,
is a likely victim of possible cuts to the playing budget,
which could be introduced in the coming days.
The clubs board of directors had planned to announce
the reduction after last Mondays 5-1 defeat at Bashley
but at the last minute applied the brakes in the hope of finding
Rolls told Echosport: We want to run the Football club
as close to breaking even as we can, and unfortunately, at
the moment, commercially, we are way down on what we expected
to get in.
Due to that, we have had to re-evaluate the whole budget
and it may be a case where one or two may have to leave.
Despite the prospect of a third successive relegation looming
over the club, Rolls is determined to stick to the prudent
methods he was asked to adopt at the start of the season.
He added: The associate directors and the Wey-mouth
FC Supporters Association (WFCSA) wanted the club to be run
this way, and that is how it shall continue to be run.
We began the season with a budget that should have
been enough to keep us in this league but if cuts have to
be made then so be it as we cannot afford not to live within
At the present time, we owe nothing to HMRC, and we
should be proud of that. We do owe around £3,500 to
other creditors but offset that against the £12,000
to £13,000 we are owed, and we are in a sound state
but in order for that to continue we have to cut our cloth
With gate receipts also below the target set in pre-season,
due to a lack of full-paying adults coming through the turnstiles,
associate director Nigel Biddlecombe shares Rolls cautious
He said: The over-riding principle is that there is
only so much money coming into the football club and we do
not want to incur any debt that could put us into a position
where we were before.
At the same time we do not want a football club that
can only be bailed out by an individual in terms of share
capital or loans.
We also do not want to accept relegation as it would
take WFC to its lowest position since just after the war.
However, at the same time, we have to be practical
and the most important thing is that the club still exists
If that means we have to make cuts and lose some players
then so be it. It would be a shame as they are a nice bunch
but at the end of the day the results on the pitch are not
bringing in enough supporters.
From my experiences in different boardrooms this season,
even if the budget was cut to £4,000 per month, without
the manager and the coach and the Wessex Fantasy Football
being taken into account, it would still be competitive with
most of the other clubs in our division.
Meanwhile, Rolls has responded to accusations that several
of the clubs non-contract players have yet to be paid
He said: Like any other business, expenses sheets have
to be in on time. Warren Byerley did not get his in until
after December 27 so he could not really expect to get paid
on the 31st.
Ian Hutchinson now has that sheet and Warren will be
paid by the end of the week. As for the other local lads being
paid, I have spoken to Ian and it is up to him to stick within
Rolls has also confirmed that it was Hutchinsons decision
to bring Wolleaston to the club.
He added: People say that I picked Rob to come here
but that is not true. Ian chose him and we backed him with
what he wanted to pay Rob. If anyone thinks anything else
they are living in myth and fantasy.
A meeting will take place tonight at 6.30pm between Hutchinson,
his assistant Andy Mason, the Wessex Fantasy Football and
associate director Mark Coleman.
Biddlecombe said: The whole thing is to be considered
The Wessex Fantasy Football is a vital part of bumping
up the money available to pay the players we have got.
They have been paying for Matthew Wright to be at WFC
but now that his loan is close to ending hopefully that money
will now be used to try and find players to improve the side.