Mann warns Kilmarnock ‘must do better’ after poor financial year
KILMARNOCK “must do better” according to outgoing chairman Jim Mann, after he announced a loss of £724,406 for the year to May 30, 2015, representing a rise in losses from £453,272 in the previous financial year.
Mann stated the club’s desire to attract new investment as he blamed a lower than expected league finish last season as well as falling attendances for the disappointing financial results.
He said: “Losses on this scale are unsustainable in the longer term, and urgent action is being taken to stem them and to increase income via season ticket and match-day pricing.
“In a recent BBC Scotland survey, we were shown to be the least expensive Premiership club to support in a number of categories.
“Despite this, attendances and season ticket sales have continued to fall and this is a major concern for the club.”
Kilmarnock announced a deal to reorganise their finances that left them debt-free in March 2014, but they are struggling in their quest to become a self-sufficient club through controlling costs and attracting higher attendances and season ticket sales through success on the pitch.
The Rugby Park side occupy the relegation play-off position in this season’s table and attendances have continued to prove disappointing.
“Our report card on this would read, must do better, and this is clearly the major focus for the board,” Mann added.
Meanwhile, Conrad Balatoni has told his Kilmarnock team-mates to continue feeding Kris Boyd’s hunger for goals if they want to stave off their relegation threat.
Former Rangers and Scotland hitman Boyd ended his five-month goal famine when he struck twice against St Johnstone a fortnight ago. His brace helped serve up a 3-0 victory as Lee Clark claimed his first win since taking over as Rugby Park boss in February.
But defender Balatoni was never worried about Boyd’s dry spell and has now backed him to fire 11th-placed Killie past Inverness as they look to rein in Hamilton’s four-point lead to safety.
He said: “Boydy gets chances in every game he plays in. He’s like any striker he will miss a few but his record speaks for itself.
“He is a goalscorer and I’m sure if the boys keep delivering for him he will score goals. We just need to keep feeding him the ball and hopefully he will do the business and steer us away from trouble.”
Inverness, meanwhile, have no fresh injury problems ahead of the match. Long-term absentees Aaron Doran (knee) and Alex Fisher (ankle) are still out. David Raven (foot) and Dean Brill (knee) are pushing for first-team comebacks after recovering from injury.
MANN OH MAN: Outgoing chairman Jim Mann was disheartened by the club’s financial reports.