Mann warns Kil­marnock ‘must do bet­ter’ af­ter poor fi­nan­cial year

The Herald - Herald Sport - - LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP - GRAEME MCGARRY

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.

Pic­ture: SNS

MANN OH MAN: Out­go­ing chair­man Jim Mann was dis­heart­ened by the club’s fi­nan­cial re­ports.

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