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KELVIN THOMAS - 'WE ARE PLANNING FOR A NUMBER OF POSSIBLE SITUATIONS'

The Cobblers Chairman on looking ahead to the next few weeks

2 April 2020

Northampton Town Chairman Kelvin Thomas has said the club is in a stable position and that plenty of planning is going on behind the scenes with different scenarios being considered depending on when football may resume.

Football is currently suspended until at least April 30, and the Chairman has said that various different possibilities are being worked on.

"At the moment we are OK and we are planning and working hard to figure out what might happen," he said.

"James Whiting (CEO) has worked hard to give us various scenarios and how that might look. There is a lot of planning going on behind the scenes and our number one priority financially is to protect the club and protect the staff for the future. We have to make decisions with what is in front of us but that is tough because no one really knows what we will happen. The best we can do is make sure we are ready to move as and when the situation changes.

"It is tough to have a view about what might happen about the season because it is simply guesswork at the moment, no one really knows. Everyone wants the season to be finished and we will all work towards that once more information is known, but the situation will be dictated by what happens, not by decisions that people in football make. The wish from the EFL clubs is to find a way to finish things and once we get beyond the peak and things improve and there is a will from all parties to get football back as soon as it is safe to do so."

The Chairman also said that the club's accounts released this week are showing things are moving the right way, with the current season set to show an even bigger improvement, at least before the COVID-19 outbreak.

"The club's accounts that were published this week are moving the right way, particularly in the context of the figures being for a relegation season," he said.

"We also see it in an even more positive way because we see what the figures were looking like for this current season, prior to this virus coming along, and they would be much improved again on the figures released this week, even before the FA Cup run we had. We know that relegation meant a drop in income, as owners we took responsibility for our increased spend and we paid for that. Running a football club is far from easy, but we are making improvements, we are secure and safe and we will continue to make improvements. This current virus will provide a challenge for all businesses in the short to medium term, but we are making improvements all the time and we are heading in the right direction, on and off the field."


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