STAGS FORCED TO CUT WAGE BILL AS RICKERSEYS LEAVE
Perry confirms Stags wage bill cut
Evening Post, April 07, 2010
MANSFIELD Town will be forced to cut their wage bill next season, chairman Andy Perry confirmed today.
But the Stags chairman has also moved to reassure fans there are no deep-rooted financial problems at the club.
Mansfield yesterday confirmed that Stewart and Sharon Rickersey, chief executive and operations manager respectively, had left the club.
They will not be replaced, but existing staff and volunteers will ensure commercial activity continues.
Perry insists the decision to make cut-backs is the correct one, given that the two-year parachute payments following the Stags' relegation from the Football League are about to end.
He also points to a lack of sustained success – in terms of a cup run or promotion challenge – as another important factor.
"Although we are still finalising our budget for next season, the wages budget will have to be cut," said Perry.
"But that is more likely to be because we operate with a smaller squad, which is something David and I have already talked about.
"The fact is the club's survival is more important than any one person at the club in whatever capacity.
"We have to manage expectations of promotion – that is why we are in it. We are a business, but we want to move the club forward.
"But we also have to make sure we stay in existence for the long-term.
"We have to base our budgets for next year on this year and the fact is we haven't got in the play-offs or to the third round of the FA Cup.
"It is much harder to be successful off the field if you aren't getting the success on it.
"With regard to Stewart and Sharon, we have directors who are being pro-active and with them, we have had six senior people running things.
"We have to recognise that we aren't in the Football League and we couldn't afford to continue in that way. We want to see all the money we can go into the playing side of things.
"But I can assure fans it won't stop the commercial activity of the club. We will continue the practices put in place.
"And though it's been difficult financially with the recession, we certainly don't have a Notts County-type situation."
Perry admits the pressure is on more than ever to get things right on the pitch.
After losing their two Easter Bank Holiday fixtures at home to Wrexham and away to Cambridge United, the Stags are looking to finish on a high in their last four games.
Perry said: "I think we really do need to do well next season. It's an important one for the club.
"The mistakes we made last year we haven't made this year and the mistakes we have made this year, we won't make next.
"It is difficult for the fans who have seen us up there all season and now we are in a mid-table position.
"But hopefully we can still finish sixth or seventh and take that into next season."
Perry says the Mansfield board remains very much behind manager David Holdsworth, who has been in the role for 16 months.
"It will be our third season as a board and David's second full one as manager after keeping us in this league when he first came here," he said.
"We went down the route of appointing a new manager, who is still learning, as are we.
"We signed a four-year deal with the manager because we felt we needed time to build for promotion."
Premiership hopefuls Nottingham Forest will play a summer friendly at Field Mill that will kick off a year of celebrations to mark 100 years of Mansfield Town playing under their current name.
Billy Davies' men will visit on Wednesday July 21. Kick-off is scheduled for 7.30pm.
Ticket prices throughout the stadium will cost £12 for adults and £6 for concessions. Forest fans will be hosted in the North Stand.
Chief executive and Operations manager leave
Commercial duo leave Stags
Evening Post, April 06, 2010
MANSFIELD Town today confirm that chief executive Stewart Rickersey and operations manager Sharon Rickersey have left Field Mill.
They have been made redundant as part of the club's cost-cutting measures after failing to secure a Blue Square Premier play-off place.
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