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Watford will have to 'sell players year on year'

Watford will have to 'sell players year on year'

We wont sit here and lie to our readers, most of this financial mumbo jumbo has gone 'whooooooosh'; straight over our heads, we've enough trouble in fact trying to understand why Nathan Ellington is on as much a week as your average person earns in a year. So 'overheads', 'gross profits' and 'shortfalls' mean little to us!

However, we've done our best to cut out the filler and give you the cold hard facts from Watford Leisure PLC's end of year results.

Essentially, the Hornet's made a loss of nearly £2million, that despite the sales of Smith, Williamson, McAnuff, Priskin, and former manager Rodgers. A stark contrast to this time last year where a profit of nearly 500k was announced!

Watford did however see a £716,000 rise in revenue, largely thanks to a £1.55million rise in loan fees and two cup runs reaching the League Cup Quarters and facing Chelsea in the F.A Cup.

A large cut in sales in administrative expenses showed a drop of £2,152,000m in wages alone and and a total drop of £2,948,000m. Which Salad Boy Russo went on to explain - thankfully:

"Further evidence of cost reduction measures taken will be evident in the financial statements for the current financial year as significant work has been undertaken in this area across both the administrative and playing side of the business.

"The nature of football contracts makes it difficult to transition this cost very quickly as contracts generally cover a two, three or four year period.

"The summer transfer window allowed for some movement and with a number of contracts expiring in June 2010 the real evidence of the 'new' player salary model will not be seen until the 2010/2011 financial statements."

A gross profit rise saw a jump from 455k to £3,287,000million and also the paying off of a £7million bank loan. However, a large amount has been borrowed off the Hornet's directors to help avoid administration three times.

Once again that £6.5million figure comes up and Jimmy and Vince need to find that sum to cover the shortfall between now and June 2010.

It has also been confirmed that at present, the Hornet's will have 'to sell players year on year' to ease their financial situation.

Footnote Finally, CEO Julian Winter has confirmed planned talks between the owners and majority shareholder Lord Michael Ashcroft have not happened. It was expected that talks would occur between the Russo's and the Tory with a view to how the club would re-finance going forward. Surprise surprise the politician has done as politicians do and avioided all talk of actually putting a few quid in.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday November 9 2009
Time: 10:17PM


Ashcroft is a W*&^er. If your not gonna help whats point of you getting involved in the first place!!
11/11/2009 08:22:00
i really dont see the point in investing in a club if your just going to ignore, it the fans and its overall welfare. this pointless tory needs to sell his shares and quick, to someone with a few quid in his pocket and a passion for our club! come on you orns!!!
11/11/2009 18:16:00
ps. i f*****g hate smug tory ba****ds!!!!
11/11/2009 18:19:00
I think the quality of your report has been matched by the quality of response, ie both totally desperate.
11/11/2009 23:39:00
With you on that one RFB
12/11/2009 15:30:00
In terms of what? Not being happy with Ashcroft or...?
12/11/2009 21:19:00
You can download the annual report from the WO website and draw your own concluions wfc123. Although the headline and many of the figures quoted are correct some of the commentary is somewhat muddled. Significantly, in last year's accounts much of the transfer dealings were not reflected in the figures reported although we still recieved Premiership TV money from Sky - which has now stopped - and is why we need to dramatically reduce costs. The Lord Ashcroft situation, as our major shareholder, is very frustrating as he appears to have no active communication with the current board which they are trying to rectify. Ideally the Russos would like him to provide additional financial support or agree to them raising funds through a rights issue. However, WFC is not high on his agenda and Ashcroft's main priority at present appears to be helping the conservatives become the next government which will all be over by Cup Final Day 2010. Anyone wanting to buy his shares should form an orderly queue, although they will obviously need additional funds beyond their purchase cost to support the club, as them taking over his shares will, in isolation, achieve nothing. Unfortunately I do not have access to that sort of funding myself. Heh Ho & Come on you Golden Boys!
13/11/2009 17:39:00
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