Reds allay fans' fears
19th October 2012
Salford City Reds have acted to reassure supporters of their future following revelations the Super League club are the subject of a winding-up petition.
The petition has been brought by club sponsors and management consultants Steuer Gregsson Limited over an unpaid bill and will be heard in Manchester on Monday, October 29.
However, the City Reds say they are in dispute over the bill and insist it will not deflect them from their efforts to bring in fresh investment to safeguard the future of the club.
A statement said: “It has been widely publicised since the start of this year that the Salford City Reds chairman and board of directors have actively been in pursuit of, and in negotiation for, new investment into the club to take it to the next level.
“These discussions continue and we ask at this time in particular that colleagues, supporters and sponsors respect the sensitivity of negotiations with potential investors and refrain from engaging in potentially damaging speculation.
“Despite recent disappointing and negative media stories over what is in fact a disputed petition against the club, (we) remain very confident that the current situation will be brought to a positive conclusion for all with an interest in seeing the Salford club survive and thrive.
“The board of directors believes without question in the strength of our club and its importance both to the city of Salford and to Super League and is confident that our present discussions will reach a favourable outcome - one that will secure the future of our great club for many generations to come.”
Salford’s long-serving chairman John Wilkinson was hoping the Reds’ move into their new £26million stadium at Barton in February would help improve their finances.
But crowds were disappointing in their first season in their new home and, although their rental costs were eased by a ground-sharing arrangement with Sale Sharks, they have been desperately searching for new backers.
The club avoided a winding-up petition in April after being late paying off a tax bill and in June made long-serving chief executive David Tarry redundant.