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Rhyl deny administration rumour

Welsh Premier

Welsh Premier League champions Rhyl have denied that the club is facing financial difficulties.

A club statement read: "Despite rumours to the contrary Rhyl... are not going into administration and [president] Peter Parry is not leaving the club."

The statement goes on to say the club believes the rumours have been started by a Football Association of Wales policy change over prize money.

Previously clubs have enjoyed an advance on European competition money.

But Rhyl say that that the FAW, Welsh football's governing body, will now, "only advance clubs enough money to cover the costs of travelling abroad to fulfil their away fixture in Uefa competitions."

Last month Rhyl played former European Cup finalists Partizan Belgrade in the Champions League first qualifying round, the Serbian giants winning 12-0 on aggregate over the two-leg tie.

606: DEBATE

Rhyl were expecting to receive an advance from the FAW on the £300,000 prize money they are eventually due from European body Uefa.

"After attending a meeting with the directors of the FAW, Rhyl FC were informed that now and in the future the FAW will only advance clubs enough money to cover the costs of travelling abroad to fulfil their away fixture in Uefa competitions.

"Rhyl FC is obviously disappointed with this decision.

"The implication of this is that the vast majority of the Uefa prize money will not be received until probably December this year.

"Whilst this is an inconvenience, Rhyl FC is reformulating its budget to accommodate the timing difference now caused by the FAW's decision."

Rhyl go into next season with a new man at the helm, having parted company with manager Allan Bickerstaff at the end of July.

Greg Strong has stepped up from the playing staff at Belle Vue to take over as player-manager.



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see also
Rhyl part with boss Bickerstaff
30 Jul 09 |  Welsh
Roberts hails battling Rhyl show
15 Jul 09 |  Europe
Rhyl 0-4 Partizan Belgrade
14 Jul 09 |  Europe
Owen achieves Welsh Premier award
07 May 09 |  Welsh
BBC Sport Wales coverage
03 Oct 11 |  Wales
Rhyl handed Welsh Premier title
18 Apr 09 |  Welsh
Bickerstaff takes reins at Rhyl
10 Jun 08 |  Welsh


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