The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Robert­son ral­ly­ing call

Cham­pi­onship: Man­ager dis­misses talk of Ca­ley Jags go­ing into ad­min­is­tra­tion

- BY ANDY SKIN­NER

Ca­ley This­tle man­ager John Robert­son ac­cepts his bud­get will be re­duced ahead of a sec­ond sea­son in the Cham­pi­onship but he has dis­missed con­cerns the club could be forced into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

In­ver­ness are un­likely to gain pro­mo­tion back to the top flight at the first time of ask­ing, with the High­landers need­ing to win at Mor­ton to­mor­row and hope sec­ond-bot­tom Dum­bar­ton can tri­umph at Dun­fermline in or­der for Ca­ley Jags to se­cure a Pre­mier­ship play-off place.

Should In­ver­ness’ Cham­pi­onship sta­tus be con­firmed, the halv­ing of the para­chute pay­ment re­ceived when Ca­ley Jags suf­fered rel­e­ga­tion from the Pre­mier­ship last sum­mer will fur­ther re­duce Robert­son’s bud­get this time around.

The Ca­ley Jags boss has been as­sured the club’s fu­ture is se­cure by chair­man Gra­ham Rae and his board of di­rec­tors, who re­main keen to at­tract in­vest­ment.

Robert­son said: “We face fur­ther cuts as teams who stay down in the Cham­pi­onship do but as far as ad­min­is­tra­tion is con­cerned we are not any­where near that. As far as the board has told me it is a load of non­sense.

“The board has said be­fore, and I’m sure will say again, when you are a Cham­pi­onship club of our size with a fan­base of our size, it’s not as easy to main­tain the finances as it once was. For a club of our size it’s very dif­fi­cult.

“Look at a club the size of Dundee United – prob­a­bly three or four times big­ger than us – and the money they have spent, yet United are find­ing it hard to get out of the Cham­pi­onship.

“Hibs spent three years in the Cham­pi­onship and Rangers spent two years in the Cham­pi­onship. Clubs big­ger than us are strug­gling with finances. You have to hit an area, even­tu­ally, that the club can sus­tain. That’s what we are do­ing, we are work­ing to­wards a fig­ure that

“We are not any­where near ad­min­is­tra­tion. It is non­sense”

can be sus­tained. Does the club need in­vest­ment? Yes, it does but so does ev­ery club in the Cham­pi­onship.

“Ask any club in the Cham­pi­onship if they could do with £300,000 to £400,000 of in­vest­ment, ev­ery one of them will say yes. That’s what we need to work to.”

Robert­son has started pre­par­ing for next sea­son with the cap­ture of Queen of the South de­fender Shaun Rooney on a pre­con­tract, while mid­fielder Iain Vig­urs has been of­fered a three-year deal. KEY MAN FOR CA­LEY THIS­TLE: Iain Vig­urs has been of­fered a new three-year deal to stay in the High­lands

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