史蒂夫-戴蒙德老闆說,伍斯特勇士隊的困境 "就像狗的死亡"。

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史蒂夫-戴蒙德老闆說,伍斯特勇士隊的困境 "就像狗的死亡"。

伍斯特勇士隊的橄欖球總監史蒂夫-戴蒙德將其瀕臨破產的俱樂部的威脅描述為 "像狗的死亡"。

但俱樂部必須向橄欖球聯盟提供資金證明,以便在周一繼續比賽,否則將面臨停賽。

"我只是不知道它是如何到達他的位置的,"戴蒙德告訴BBC體育。

"這很可悲,它被允許自己走到墓地,這很邪惡。"

自從英國皇家稅務局就600萬英鎊的未付稅款發出清盤申請後,俱樂部的未來出現了數周的不確定性,另外還欠下了1400萬英鎊的Covid體育生存貸款,對球員和員工的付款不足和延遲,以及一些不支付給供應商和兼職員工的款項,被炒作的共同所有者傑森-惠廷厄姆和科林-戈丁仍在宣布採取積極行動。

但是,在伍斯特市議員羅賓-沃克周四在議會發言後,數字、文化、媒體和體育部(DCMS)已經任命了會計公司Begbies Traynor的法律顧問,並開始審查勇士隊的賬戶。

  • 無 政府必須在周一之前介入 - 沃克

雖然他們沒有被任命為管理人,但他們擁有這方面的專業知識,曾與幾個足球俱樂部合作過--人們猜測他們最快將於周一被任命為Sixways的管理人。

"一切都在我的控制之外,"戴蒙德補充說。"但有些事情必須要發生。

"這只是等待。這有點像一隻狗的死亡。你不想讓這可憐的東西去看獸醫,它已經是最後的生命了,但你還是得把它帶走。

"三年前,我不得不帶走我的阿爾薩斯犬。這有點像那樣。它什麼時候會發生?

"我做了這樣的評論,但這是我處理它的唯一方法。如果你不笑就會哭。

"我從未想過它會發展到這個地步,但它確實如此。在這個地方有一種令人難以置信的好感覺。我們的隊伍中沒有出現無政府狀態。但我們會在周一之後看看情況如何。"

行政管理可能是這個俱樂部的拯救者

戴蒙德堅持認為,通過行政程序是現在唯一的出路。他警告說,未來會有變化,同時他也會希望繼續參與這些變化。

"我已經說服了人們加入,我也說服了人們留下來,"他說。"你有責任。

"如果幕後的人有我這樣的心態,那麼它就不會處於這樣的境地。

"如果我們能度過難關,這將是好事。行政管理可能是這個俱樂部的救星,但仍然必須進行重組。它不能保持原來的樣子,因為它已經失敗了。

"我已經向球員們解釋了這一點。很多人不了解這個過程。我沒有吹毛求疵。他們知道這個情況。

"即使是現在,如果合適的人帶着正確的願景來,它將會是一個成功。它被經營得非常糟糕,它需要重新啟動。我來到這裡時就說過。至少我有六個月的時間來了解它被經營得有多糟糕。

"有了公平的風向和一些嚴肅的財政儲備--我的意思不是把名人帶入球員隊伍--它需要從學院到高層重新啟動,我們需要與隔壁的當地橄欖球俱樂部和當地社區建立起關係,他們已經展示了他們的支持。

"支持的信息。這就是我的熱情所在。

"這並不意味着它是致命的。還有其他俱樂部處於類似的位置,這是眾所周知的。

"每個橄欖球俱樂部都不得不在科維德時期採取緊急措施,但你必須與這些人保持一致。你必須成為良好的溝通者,正如我們在過去一個月左右看到的那樣,溝通一直非常糟糕。"

戴蒙德只盯着紐卡斯爾

在短期內,在本賽季開始後,在倫敦愛爾蘭隊和主場對埃克塞特隊的比賽中被擊敗,然後在周三的英超橄欖球杯上被格洛斯特隊擊敗,戴蒙德只關注本周六主場與上賽季的同胞紐卡斯爾隊的比賽。

他說:"我們的心態是,這是我們在Sixways的最後一場比賽,"他說。他說:"我真的為明天出門的小伙子們感到驕傲。我真的為明天出場的小伙子們感到驕傲,不需要團隊談話。

"結果是不重要的。它與我無關,但與表現無關。我們仍然是職業運動員。

"但是,讓23個小伙子在那裡全力以赴,就是我現在所關心的。之後我們會在伍斯特市出去喝杯酒。

"我猜測,如果我們被停賽,那麼可能是兩到三周的過程,所以我們可能會在休息後進行比賽。

"為了對聯盟和工會公平起見,我們不能讓一支球隊六周不比賽,然後就把它放回去。這將使聯盟沒有可信度。"

勇士隊有蘇格蘭和英國和愛爾蘭獅隊的邊鋒Duhan van der Merwe從股四頭肌的傷勢中恢復過來,這使他無法在本賽季開始時參加比賽。

他是三個變化之一,Alex Hearle從左翼轉到右翼,Billy Searle代替Owen Williams回到飛翼,Jay Tyack本賽季第一次在邊鋒位置上首發,Murray McCallum轉到散頭。

但俱樂部隊長泰德-希爾仍因腿筋受傷而缺席。

"我們不想讓他冒險,"戴蒙德說。"他下周會好起來的。"

所以有一個好消息--勇士隊仍然計劃會有下周的比賽。


Worcester Warriors director of rugby Steve Diamond has described the imminent threat of his ailing club going into administration as "like the death of a dog".

But the club must provide the Rugby Football Union with proof of funds to continue on Monday or face suspension.

"I just don't know how it's got to his position," Diamond told BBC Sport.

"It's sad and it's diabolical that it's been allowed to walk itself to the graveyard."

After weeks of uncertainty surrounding the club's future since HMRC issued a winding-up petition over an unpaid £6m tax bill, a further £14m owed in Covid sports survival loan payments, underpaid and late payments to players and staff, and some non-payments to suppliers and part-time staff, under-fire co-owners Jason Whittingham and Colin Goldring are still to announce positive action.

But, following Worcester MP Robin Walker's address to parliament on Thursday, legal advisors from accountancy firm Begbies Traynor have been appointed by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) - and have begun scrutinising Warriors' accounts. • None Government must step in before Monday - Walker

Although they have not been appointed as administrators, they have expertise in this area, having been brought in to work with several football clubs - and there is speculation that they will be appointed at Sixways as soon as Monday.

"Everything is out of my control," added Diamond. "But something will have to happen.

"It's just the waiting. It's a bit like the death of a dog. You don't want the poor thing to go to the vets, it's on its last legs but you still have to take it.

"I had to take my Alsatian three years ago. It's a bit like that. When's it going to happen?

"I make comments like that, but it's the only way I have of dealing with it. If you didn't laugh you'd cry.

"I never thought it would get to this position, but it has. There is an unbelievably good feeling in the place. We've not got anarchy in the ranks. But we'll see where that goes after Monday."

'Administration may be saviour of this club'

Diamond maintains that going through the administration process is now the only way forward. He warns of changes ahead, and also that he will want to remain part of those changes.

"I've convinced people to join and I've convinced people to stay," he said. "You have a duty.

"If the people behind the scenes had the same mindset I've got, then it wouldn't be in this position it's in.

"If we get through it, it will be good. Administration may be the saviour of this club but there will still have to be a restructure. It can't stay as it was, as it's failed.

"I've explained that to the players. A lot of people don't understand the process. I don't fluff it. They know the situation.

"Even now, if the right people come with the right vision it will be a success. It's been run incredibly badly and it needs rebooting. I said that when I came here. At least I've had six months to work out how badly it's been run.

"With a fair wind and some serious finances in reserve - and I don't mean bringing in celebrity names onto the playing staff - it needs a reboot from the academy to the top, we need to build a relationship with the local rugby club next door and with the local community, who have shown their support in bucket loads.

"The messages of support. That's where I get my enthusiasm from.

"It doesn't mean it's fatal. There are other clubs in similar positions, which is public knowledge.

"Every rugby club has had to take emergency steps through the Covid period but you've got to stay onside of these people. You've got to be good communicators and, as we've seen over the past month or so, communication has been very poor."

Diamond has eyes only on Newcastle

In the short term, after starting the season with defeats at London Irish and at home to Exeter, then in the Premiership Rugby Cup at Gloucester on Wednesday, Diamond is focussed only on this Saturday's home game with last season's fellow strugglers Newcastle.

"The mindset is that it's our last game at Sixways ever," he said. "I'm really proud of the lads going out tomorrow. There's no team talk needed.

"The result is unimportant. It's irrelevant to me, but not the performance. We're still professional sportsmen.

"But, just getting 23 lads out there to give it their best shot is all I'm interested in at the minute. And we'll be going out in Worcester afterwards for a pint.

"I'm then guessing that, if we're suspended, it might then be a two or three week process, so we could be playing after the break.

"To be fair to the league and the union, we can't have a team not playing for six weeks, then just putting it back in. That would give the league no credibility."

Warriors have Scotland and British and Irish Lions wing Duhan van der Merwe back from the quadriceps injury that has kept him out of the start of the season.

He is one of three changes, with Alex Hearle switching from the left wing to the right, Billy Searle returning at fly-half in place of Owen Williams and Jay Tyack making his first start of the season at tighthead prop, with Murray McCallum switching to loosehead.

But club captain Ted Hill is still out with his hamstring injury.

"We don't want to risk him," said Diamond. "He'll be right for next week."

So there's the good news - Warriors are still planning that there will be a next week.

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