St Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick has moved to give the club financial assurances in a testing time.
The Buddies are one of many teams facing an uncertain financial future amidst the league’s indefinite shutdown. All of their regular revenue streams will all but grind to a halt.
Already Hearts have slashed their wage bill by 50% across the board in a bid to stem the financial tide a little. Fitzpatrick says those types of measures aren’t necessary in Paisley for now.
“There’s a bit of trepidation but as was mentioned the other day the club is in a reasonable enough position to deal with this at the moment,” a club statement reads. “There are no thoughts of cutting anybody’s wages or making anyone redundant. We don’t know how long this will last so we will continue to monitor the situation as things go on.
“These are difficult times but I also think this is a real chance for us to really reflect on everything at the club. One of the major things that has come out of all of this for me is what St Mirren means to the community and what the community means to St Mirren.
“People were stopping me in the street and asking if the club was going to be okay. We’ve had numerous phone calls and letters coming in from supporters asking how they can help and telling us if the season is finished that they wouldn’t want a rebate on their season tickets. Some of that money will be used to help the community over the coming weeks and months.”
It’s assurance that for now, St Mirren won’t feel the economic impact this shutdown will have. Like many clubs in similar positions, they’ll be aware that can’t last forever.
Prior to the SPFL shutdown, Jim Goodwin’s men were doing ok in their bid for Premiership survival. They sat in ninth place heading into the final eight games.
Whether those games even get played now is a mystery as the world struggles to cope with the Covid-19 outbreak.