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Forest Green Rovers working on tax solutions

Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green chairman Trevor Horsley says Rovers are working on several short-term solutions to clear arrears owed to HMRC.

The club missed a deadline to pay £42,000 last Friday.

Horsley told BBC Gloucestershire: "We have managed to advance a payment from a sponsor for next season.

"We're working behind the scenes to come up with a deal with the revenue. We've got the arrears down from £90,000 but there is still £42,000 left."

He added: "We've actually sent a cheque for February's PAYE but we didn't sent £5,000 towards the arrears.

"We want to look at a different schedule for the summer where we don't have any wages to pay.

We do lots of advertising on behalf of the club because people don't seem to know what's going on

Forest Green Supporters Trust chairman Tim Barnard

"I've also had a meeting with regard to trying to put two loans from Stroud and Swindon Building Society and Marstons' Brewery under one umbrella, but we do need help from the public."

Supporters Trust chairman Tim Barnard echoed Horsley's sentiments, but also criticised the club's commercial activities.

"The facilities we have are Football League standard. The Trust was formed to give the supporters a vehicle for investment, but it's also identified that the club keeps a low profile," Barnard said.

"Marketing is the one thing they've been poor at, especially over the last five years. We do lots of advertising on behalf of the club because people don't seem to know what's going on.

"Since Christmas we've lost the Chester fixture and had three games postponed. That's about £40,000 in gate money and that's been part of the problem.

"If we could double our normal crowd against Altrincham on Saturday it would go a long to helping our cause."

Horsley, who has business interests abroad, confirmed he had been using contacts in the Middle East to try and bring new money into the club.

"We need fresh capital and the best way is to sell the club to a majority shareholder," he added.

"I've been talking to a couple of parties in Dubai. That didn't come to anything but there is someone in Dubai who may be looking at investing.

"We filled the ground in the FA Cup against Derby last year. If people can support us in the remaining games like they have in the past then we'd be able to get rid of the revenue."



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see also
Forest Green in financial trouble
20 Mar 10 |  Forest Green
Forest Green seek new investment
11 Mar 10 |  Forest Green
Forest Green to seek compensation
10 Feb 10 |  Forest Green


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