Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack has ensured fans the club will do all it can to support its members of staff during the shutdown of football, but warned tough times lie ahead.
The Dons are currently one of many clubs without an income from matchdays, with the SPFL and SFA suspending the season on March 13 due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
It was impossible for things to continue as they were given the rapidly developing situation, and it appears right now that football won’t be able to start up again for a good few months.
It is a very worrying time for a lot of smaller clubs, but the strain is also being felt by Premiership teams – Hearts, for example, have asked full-time employees to take a 50% wage cut.
Aberdeen were in a ‘healthy’ position only a few weeks ago according to Cormack, but the club are now looking at making some tough decisions.
He said in a statement : “Three weeks ago we were in a healthy financial position; free of external debt, with £1.5 million in the bank. We had expected income of about £1 million from four home league games and the Scottish Cup Semi-Final and, potentially, £5 million in season ticket sales, seasonal hospitality and new shirt sales coming in through mid-July.
“Our monthly running costs are about £1.2 million and it’s only prudent to assume that, realistically, there will be no football until July perhaps, at the earliest.
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“During this period, we are therefore facing £5million in outgoings with no expected income.
“We are doing everything we can to mitigate this over the next few months and protect our hardworking, dedicated and loyal workforce and all those who depend on the Club.”
Clearly the situation is prompting change at Pittodrie and it remains to be seen how the club will sustain.
It could be that players and full-time employees are asked to drop their wages like what is happening at Tynecastle, in a bid to buy a bit of breathing room.
Missing out on around £5 million is absolutely disastrous for the club, so it’s potentially going to take a big collective effort to relieve the incoming financial burden.