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Chief executive update on conclusion of Sky Bet League One season

28 May 2020

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An open letter from chief executive Gavin Baldwin on May 28, 2020

To all our supporters,

Over the past few weeks you will have no doubt seen many announcements and messages from ourselves, the EFL and of course the Government. As we reach the end of the month of May, I thought this would be a good opportunity to summarise our current position as a club.

Following weeks of discussions between all of the clubs in our division and a number of different proposals about how the season could be resolved, Sky Bet League One clubs expect to vote for their preferred option soon after the EFL Board meet today (May 28), and we expect the outcome of that vote to be announced week commencing June 8 at the latest.

Regardless of how the current season is to be finished, our chairman David Blunt has asked me to go on record and thank the EFL for their assistance during the last few weeks.  This is an unprecedented time and their facilitation and support to clubs has been invaluable.

Once the club knows how the season will be resolved, we will then update supporters as to the options for those who have already made purchases relating to the 2019/20 season. 

You will have seen last week that the players and senior staff have agreed to take pay deferrals and pay cuts in order to keep the club viable during this pandemic, and those actions follow that of our directors who each put in additional funding in excess of six figures to keep the club afloat at the beginning of lockdown. These actions have been to safeguard the club’s immediate future and have helped to keep us financially stable during this difficult time when our income streams have been reduced to almost zero.

Ensuring we find solutions for supporters and partners who have purchased match tickets, season tickets and other packages that are no longer valid with a season curtailment is one we take very seriously.

We have called for a Supporters Board meeting on Friday and as part of that meeting we will discuss our existing liability, our proposed solutions and the actions other clubs have taken.  As always our starting point will be to try and ensure we can go above and beyond to please our supporters, but whilst ensuring we do not put the future of our club in doubt.

Following the Supporters Board meeting and once confirmation of the result of the EFL League One vote, we will then provide clarity to our supporters.  We wish to take this opportunity to reassure all fans that we are committed to ensuring our supporters know how much we value them.  During the past few weeks there have been some incredible acts of kindness from the Supporters Clubs and fans making donations to the club, additional purchases being made and fans making pledges not to ask for refunds.  Our goal is to create a solution that amplifies those act of kindness back to all our supporters and ensures we have a club to support in the future. 

We will have succeeded if we can create a solution whereby fans are delighted and the club looks forward to next season.   

In the meantime I sincerely hope this message finds you safe and well.

Regards

Gavin Baldwin


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