Gosport Borough chairman McInnes: We are in a difficult financial situation

Gosport Borough chairman Iain McInnes assured supporters that the management are doing 'all they can' as they bid to keep the club afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Friday, 27th March 2020, 4:59 pm
Updated Friday, 27th March 2020, 5:03 pm
Gosport Borough chairman Iain McInnes

Borough discovered on Thursday that the Southern League Premier South campaign was over after the FA's decision to null and void the season for teams below National League level.That may result in several months without income for clubs in the lower realms of the English football pyramid with the new season scheduled to start in August - but it remains unclear given the current Covid-19 epidemic.Many teams are now facing uncertain futures as they try to come through the coronavirus crisis.Gosport are no exception to this with all income streams 'drying up overnight' but liabilities remaining.However, McInnes – the former Portsmouth chairman - has told the club's fans they are doing their level best to come through the current predicament.'As a club we are in a difficult financial situation,' he admitted.'All of our revenue streams have dried up, literally overnight, but we still have some significant liabilities as things stand.'The club is in dialogue with the Southern League and we are awaiting further clarification from the FA on where this decision leaves us.'It would be inappropriate to comment further before we have received that information, but supporters can rest assured the management team here is doing all it can to keep the club afloat.'Gosport were still in with a very slim chance of sneaking into the play-offs this season.They sat eighth, six points off fifth-placed Tiverton Town and having played four games more.And McInnes was aggrieved the chance to make a late push for the play-offs has been taken out of their hands.'We are all hugely disappointed by this decision,' he added.'Even though we only had an outside chance of making the play-offs, Moly (manager Lee Molyneaux) and the boys will be gutted not to have the chance to squeeze into them on the final furlong.'However, we must recognise there are bigger things at stake with the current coronavirus outbreak and remember that football, despite what Bill Shankly might have thought, isn’t more important than life and death.'

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