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Wednesday, 18 December, 2002, 12:06 GMT
York go into administration
York City chairman John Batchelor
Batchelor has received death threats
Cash-strapped York City Football Club have gone into administration

A Leeds High Court granted the administration order which which will allow the club to continue operating as insolvency experts Jackson, Jolliffe, Cork try to sort out their financial situation.

The Third Division club could play their last league match against Swansea on 18 January if they do not find a buyer.

York have been struggling financially for the past year.

Last month it admitted it could not afford to pay its players' wages and the Professional Footballers' Association had to step in to sort out the problem.

City have run into financial trouble under chairman John Batchelor, who has said he is willing to make his majority shareholding available.

And a number of potential buyers have made enquiries about taking over the club.

Batchelor has been the victim of death threats from angry fans who blame him for the club's precarious financial situation.

Batchelor took over the club eight months ago, just 17 days before the collapse of the ITV Digital television deal which has plunged many lower league clubs into financial problems.

Batchelor told the York Evening Press: "I'm down, but not out.

"I'm hoping that by going down this road any interested parties will contact the administrators and get the club moving forward.

"I still own the shares in the club until a buyer is found, but I still haven't given up hope of putting a package together."

He has estimated it has cost him around 200,000-a-month to keep the club afloat.

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