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Tuesday, 9 April, 2002, 18:20 GMT 19:20 UK
Shaymen face administration
Halifax's home ground, The Shay
Halifax's problems are not to do with the TV crisis
Halifax Town's chairman has admitted that the club could be put into administration in the next few days.

The Shaymen have been relegated to the Nationwide Conference and sacked manager Alan Little on Monday.

They are also in turmoil off the pitch and chairman Bob Walker said that going into administration could be the only option left to the club.

"At the moment it is a possibility," he said. "But in all honesty we sought professional advice about this six weeks ago when the club was first put up for sale.


In this day and age of football we have to think in terms of existence and survival
Bob Walker
Halifax chairman
"We spoke to the insolvency practitioners and they advised us that it was the way forward.

"I'm meeting with them again on Wednesday and if they recommend that is the way to go then I must take that course of action accordingly."

Walker denied that Halifax's problems were directly connected to ITV Digital's own move into administration.

He said the club was in serious trouble before the television deal hit problems.

"The ITV deal only represents 8% of our turnover, so in general terms it's a blow to football," Walker said.

"I feel that from Halifax Town's point of view there's just not the revenue coming in which we need.

"Obviously I don't want to be negative and unambitious but I want to get this right over a five-year period.

"But it's going to happen slowly. We cannot spend what we can't afford.

"In this day and age of football we have to think in terms of existence and survival."

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08 Apr 02 | Eng Div 3
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