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Rotherham Utd future under threat

Millers Chairman Tony Stewart
The Football League have written to Millers chairman Tony Stewart

Rotherham could be barred from the Football League and unable to start the new season if they are unable to provide assurances over their future.

The Football League has written to the Millers requesting an urgent meeting to clear up issues that will affect their league membership.

They want assurances from the club's new owners about the timeframe needed for playing at the Don Valley stadium.

The League say the letter is to move things along but state "time is short".

The letter, published on the Football League's official website, reads: "It is imperative that new company's application is presented to the board prior to the start of the season and it is in the best possible shape.

It is imperative that new company's application is presented to the board prior to the start of the season

Football League letter to Rotherham United

"We want to reduce the risk that the board may raise further points which might prevent the issuing of a final decision before the start of the new season."

The Millers have been forced to look for an alternative stadium after they quit Millmoor in May when new owner Tony Stewart was unable to reach an agreement with current landlord Ken Booth.

But the move to Don Valley is yet to be rubber-stamped by the League who want a loan from the Football Foundation Stadia Improvement Fund settled by the Millers.

There is also a concern from the governing body that no provision has been made regarding a 750,000 security bond which is necessary for them to ratify the move to Don Valley.

The League also want an assurance from the Millers that they will move back to the town within a four-year timeframe.

Rotherham were deducted 10 points last season for going into administration and face a potential 15-point penalty deduction this season after their creditors rejected a move for a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) last week.




see also
Joseph is not worried by threat
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Douglas hopes for 'common sense'
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Rotherham future remains unclear
10 Jul 08 |  Rotherham
Rotherham wait for deduction news
01 Jul 08 |  Rotherham


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