Following a disappointing six months of trading, the Board of Tonbridge Angels FC has reluctantly taken the decision to immediately reduce the 1st team playing budget. Whilst attendances have remained healthy, income from sponsorship, advertising and events, together with a downturn in bar revenue linked to mixed results on the pitch has led to the decision. Inevitably there will need to be some changes to the squad and manager Steve McKimm is already implementing those changes.
Said McKimm : “Of course it’s going to be challenging but I can assure everyone connected with Tonbridge Angels that we will work through this together and come out the other side a stronger Club. The last few weeks have been difficult and not just because of results on the pitch but the suggestion that there would probably need to be changes. I now know the parameters and can formulate a plan. I’m also heartened by the fact that the Board are not simply carrying out a slash and burn policy but are formulating some very credible projects to increase revenue coming into the Club.”
Interim chairman, Steve Churcher said : “We would be failing in our duties and responsibilities if we as a Board failed to take the necessary action in preventing the Club falling into a serious financial situation. Most of our costs are fixed and the player budget remains a significant area where there is some degree of flexibility. Nevertheless it’s not a decision taken lightly and your Board will now be concentrating its efforts to realise plans for increasing Club revenue which of course is absolutely the right direction to be going.”
Steve McKimm has acted quickly to reshape his squad and as a result Dan Thompson, Tom Jelley and Ryan Worrall have been released from the club. Said McKimm: “I want to make it clear that these players have never let me down since they have been at Longmead, and have always given 100% for the team and the club. I thank them for their efforts and wish them the very best of luck for the future.”
Updated 10:04 - 4 Apr 2018 by Dan Couldridge