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Holmes upbeat on Salisbury future

Nick Holmes
Holmes is hopeful Salisbury could soon have new owners

Salisbury general manager Nick Holmes is in no doubt that the Blue Square Premier club has a future, despite going into administration.

The club will drop to second-bottom in the table with their automatic 10-point deduction, and have debts of around £200,000 to HM Revenue & Customs.

Holmes says with potential investors in the wings, the club does have a future.

"There is absolutely no doubt there will be a Salisbury City Football Club," Holmes told BBC Wiltshire.

"If we'd have waited a little bit longer then we might not have been able to continue playing football.

"We've been in a little bit of trouble for the last 12 or 18 months, but that's getting sorted now, but I am very hopeful we can turn this around to our advantage," he added.

The administrators are in talks with a number of potential buyers and are confident the club will survive.

"There are a couple of interested parties who have been in discussion with the club for a number of months," Mike Fortune, the club's joint administrator, told BBC Wiltshire.

"I'm very hopeful that the deal that can be put to the creditors will be accepted and the club will continue for the foreseeable future.

"The club is on a very tight cash flow so the more people that turn up and support will strengthen the chances of survival and the long term future of the club.

"Had the club not gone into administration they would have ceased trading probably at the end of October, possibly earlier."

Going into administration offers Salisbury protection from their creditors, but means they now have zero points after seven games.

However, Holmes is confident the team will be able to overcome their 10-point handicap.

"We've got a good sound squad, which still needs improving and hopefully people coming in might be able to help us out with that.

"We've taken 10 points from seven games, we haven't looked second best to any side that we've played this year." he said.

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