We can cover losses, says Warriors' acting chief executive

We can cover losses, says Warriors' acting chief executive

We can cover losses, says Warriors' acting chief executive

First published in Sport Worcester News: Photograph of the Author by , @tomguestWN #WENsport

WARRIORS’ acting chief executive Anthony Glossop insists the Sixways club retain the backing of their shareholders despite posting huge operating losses.

Recently-released accounts revealed Worcester made a massive loss of £3million during the 2012-13 financial year compared to a deficit of £1million in the 12 months prior to that.

Coupled with the gaping hole in the balance sheet, Warriors are facing the prospect of relegation to the Championship, which would only serve to compound the problem.

However, Glossop, who has taken the reins on a temporary basis following the sacking of Charles Cameron in February, insists the money men behind the club have given assurances they will continue to provide backing for Dean Ryan’s proposed revolution.

One of the main reasons behind the poor financial performance at Sixways has been lower attendances than the club budgeted for, but Glossop recognises this is unlikely to change until the on-field fare is vastly improved.

With that in mind, the shareholders will continue to bankroll Ryan and they see the Warriors director of rugby as the man to deliver the long-awaited success everyone at Sixways craves.

Glossop said: “The shareholders are fortunately supportive of us and it would not be a major issue should the worst happen and we end up being relegated this season.

“The main impact on our losses for 2012-13 was that we were short on season tickets as against original budget and we were short on match-to-match tickets sales.

“Then, as the second-half of the season went on, our match-to-match got worse and worse.

“If you’re playing in front of 2,000 less people than you’ve budgeted for, than that’s £50,000 difference per game.

“I have said to the shareholders that, with the programme we are following, it won’t be a one or two-year thing.

“We have stopped talking about Heineken Cup qualification now and are instead looking at a long-term programme and the shareholders have said they recognise that.

“They are not stupid people and recognise the financial implication of that, but anything is always dependent on us making the moves we have indicated.

“If we are ticking off the boxes, improving on the pitch, getting the academy functioning well and if the vision is on track, then I think we have support, which is at an extremely generous level when you see those figures.”

Glossop also revealed the recruitment process for Cameron’s full-time replacement is under way and the new chief executive should be in place this summer.

He explained: “We are out there recruiting a new chief executive at the moment and I would hope that, by the end of May, we would have identified someone. If not, it will be because we haven’t found someone on the first trawl.

“Assuming the person works one to three months’ notice, we would anticipate them to be in the post between July 1 and September 1.”

Meanwhile, Warriors full-back Chris Pennell has been nominated for the Premiership player-of-the-month award for March.

The Sixways vice-captain had yet another outstanding month for Warriors with his consistent performances. The winner will be announced at noon today.

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7:56am Wed 9 Apr 14

stevoe says...

'We have stopped talking about Heineken Cup qualification now'

Hilarious
'We have stopped talking about Heineken Cup qualification now' Hilarious stevoe
  • Score: 7

8:49am Wed 9 Apr 14

Officer Nordburg says...

Very kind of the shareholders to pay to run the club due to the incompetence of those they have picked to run the business.
Very kind of the shareholders to pay to run the club due to the incompetence of those they have picked to run the business. Officer Nordburg
  • Score: 4

10:42am Wed 9 Apr 14

zx12r says...

Heineken Cup, if you couldent fall about laughing you'd die crying.
Heineken Cup, if you couldent fall about laughing you'd die crying. zx12r
  • Score: 3

10:45am Wed 9 Apr 14

Carthaginian says...

Losses of four million in two years! If the 2013-2014 accounts are the same as (but not worse than) either of the two previous years, then losses of 5-7 million in three years.

What world does that Club inhabit?
Losses of four million in two years! If the 2013-2014 accounts are the same as (but not worse than) either of the two previous years, then losses of 5-7 million in three years. What world does that Club inhabit? Carthaginian
  • Score: 3

10:58am Wed 9 Apr 14

liketoknow says...

Carthaginian wrote:
Losses of four million in two years! If the 2013-2014 accounts are the same as (but not worse than) either of the two previous years, then losses of 5-7 million in three years.

What world does that Club inhabit?
cloudcuckoo land
[quote][p][bold]Carthaginian[/bold] wrote: Losses of four million in two years! If the 2013-2014 accounts are the same as (but not worse than) either of the two previous years, then losses of 5-7 million in three years. What world does that Club inhabit?[/p][/quote]cloudcuckoo land liketoknow
  • Score: 3

11:26am Wed 9 Apr 14

chris peacockpeacock says...

As a Worcester based Gloucester fan I'm appalled that the cheapest tickets for the last game of the season are £30!!! That's double (YES DOUBLE) what we pay to stand at Kingsholm and more than the Premiership final tickets I've booked. How can such a rip off money orientated club lose so much cash???Sincerely looking forward to at least one premiership season without having to pay overly inflated prices for completely sub-standard rugby (haven't even won a league game at Sixways in OVER A YEAR!!!!). I applaud the loyalty, good nature and wit of the Warriors fans who came to Kingsholm over Christmas for a shocking game, but a great atmosphere, as for the people in charge at Sixways..... Go away, YOU SUCK!!!!!!!!!
As a Worcester based Gloucester fan I'm appalled that the cheapest tickets for the last game of the season are £30!!! That's double (YES DOUBLE) what we pay to stand at Kingsholm and more than the Premiership final tickets I've booked. How can such a rip off money orientated club lose so much cash???Sincerely looking forward to at least one premiership season without having to pay overly inflated prices for completely sub-standard rugby (haven't even won a league game at Sixways in OVER A YEAR!!!!). I applaud the loyalty, good nature and wit of the Warriors fans who came to Kingsholm over Christmas for a shocking game, but a great atmosphere, as for the people in charge at Sixways..... Go away, YOU SUCK!!!!!!!!! chris peacockpeacock
  • Score: 6

11:44am Wed 9 Apr 14

Bushi says...

chris peacockpeacock wrote:
As a Worcester based Gloucester fan I'm appalled that the cheapest tickets for the last game of the season are £30!!! That's double (YES DOUBLE) what we pay to stand at Kingsholm and more than the Premiership final tickets I've booked. How can such a rip off money orientated club lose so much cash???Sincerely looking forward to at least one premiership season without having to pay overly inflated prices for completely sub-standard rugby (haven't even won a league game at Sixways in OVER A YEAR!!!!). I applaud the loyalty, good nature and wit of the Warriors fans who came to Kingsholm over Christmas for a shocking game, but a great atmosphere, as for the people in charge at Sixways..... Go away, YOU SUCK!!!!!!!!!
People will pay £30 if you're top 4, not scrapping at the bottom. You've got to be a hardy supporter to shell out £30 to not see a home victory for a year! I know I'm one.

Why doesn't the club convert the West Stand to standing only (like 'The Shed' at Kingsholme) and charge £15-£17 for the privilege? I'm sure that would bring back some supporters, it'd also be a great atmosphere and an intimidating welcome to opposing teams as they run out.

The club has to look at it's business plan, attendance is dropping you can't just put prices up to offset it, people won't pay it. Reduce the costs, get bums on seats, make the beer a reasonable price and people will come and spend
[quote][p][bold]chris peacockpeacock[/bold] wrote: As a Worcester based Gloucester fan I'm appalled that the cheapest tickets for the last game of the season are £30!!! That's double (YES DOUBLE) what we pay to stand at Kingsholm and more than the Premiership final tickets I've booked. How can such a rip off money orientated club lose so much cash???Sincerely looking forward to at least one premiership season without having to pay overly inflated prices for completely sub-standard rugby (haven't even won a league game at Sixways in OVER A YEAR!!!!). I applaud the loyalty, good nature and wit of the Warriors fans who came to Kingsholm over Christmas for a shocking game, but a great atmosphere, as for the people in charge at Sixways..... Go away, YOU SUCK!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]People will pay £30 if you're top 4, not scrapping at the bottom. You've got to be a hardy supporter to shell out £30 to not see a home victory for a year! I know I'm one. Why doesn't the club convert the West Stand to standing only (like 'The Shed' at Kingsholme) and charge £15-£17 for the privilege? I'm sure that would bring back some supporters, it'd also be a great atmosphere and an intimidating welcome to opposing teams as they run out. The club has to look at it's business plan, attendance is dropping you can't just put prices up to offset it, people won't pay it. Reduce the costs, get bums on seats, make the beer a reasonable price and people will come and spend Bushi
  • Score: 14

4:08pm Wed 9 Apr 14

thebleedingobvious says...

As someone who would normally watch at least half a dozen or so games a season, I have boycotted the Warriors this year as I simply cannot afford the ticket prices.

I have instead watched all my live rugby at Kingsholm. The rugby may not be much better...but the atmosphere, ticket prices and loyalty to their "average fan" is something to be aspired to.

I cannot believe those running the club would honestly expect those other than the die-hard supporters to stomach such prices this season, regardless of the on-field levels of performance.

And dare I say it, but a few more bums on seats might have given the added edge that has unfortunately been missing from so many close-run defeats.

I shudder to think how much the men in suits will want to charge for Championship rugby next season. Please, please, please be realistic or even more fans will disappear.
As someone who would normally watch at least half a dozen or so games a season, I have boycotted the Warriors this year as I simply cannot afford the ticket prices. I have instead watched all my live rugby at Kingsholm. The rugby may not be much better...but the atmosphere, ticket prices and loyalty to their "average fan" is something to be aspired to. I cannot believe those running the club would honestly expect those other than the die-hard supporters to stomach such prices this season, regardless of the on-field levels of performance. And dare I say it, but a few more bums on seats might have given the added edge that has unfortunately been missing from so many close-run defeats. I shudder to think how much the men in suits will want to charge for Championship rugby next season. Please, please, please be realistic or even more fans will disappear. thebleedingobvious
  • Score: 12

6:17pm Wed 9 Apr 14

RobertR says...

The thought of paying £60 for two tickets to watch Warriors play substandard rugby has put me off going to Sixways. Why is it so expensive?. Get bums on seats. £15 max; to watch championship matches is enough.
The thought of paying £60 for two tickets to watch Warriors play substandard rugby has put me off going to Sixways. Why is it so expensive?. Get bums on seats. £15 max; to watch championship matches is enough. RobertR
  • Score: 6

12:18pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Officer Nordburg says...

I have always thought rugby and football clubs are missing a trick compared to our European counterparts. In Germany the football is around £15 a ticket and in France for rugby you can watch Stade Francais for 10 Euros. They get huge crowds.
I have always thought rugby and football clubs are missing a trick compared to our European counterparts. In Germany the football is around £15 a ticket and in France for rugby you can watch Stade Francais for 10 Euros. They get huge crowds. Officer Nordburg
  • Score: 7

11:34am Sat 12 Apr 14

Wobbly Warrior says...

£15 is the absolute max , last year the club changed my season ticket seat from Bronze to Silver I felt ripped off but I paid. Now I just feel swindled and. I certainly won't be buying another especially with Bath tickets on sale for £10 to all and sundry and me paying £35. Great move guys.
£15 sitting and £10 standing and not a penny more is what you should charge. As for the British &Irish cup that's got to be free. Who wants to pay £30 to see Ulster's second string?
£15 is the absolute max , last year the club changed my season ticket seat from Bronze to Silver I felt ripped off but I paid. Now I just feel swindled and. I certainly won't be buying another especially with Bath tickets on sale for £10 to all and sundry and me paying £35. Great move guys. £15 sitting and £10 standing and not a penny more is what you should charge. As for the British &Irish cup that's got to be free. Who wants to pay £30 to see Ulster's second string? Wobbly Warrior
  • Score: 2

9:26pm Sun 13 Apr 14

Brummagem Bertie says...

I don't know where some people get their "facts" from but the cheapest tickets for Glaws are £21.50 standing and £24 seating. For their game against London Irish, Glaws are charging £23 for the Shed and £28 for cheapest seating.

Should we get relegated to the Championship, I would guess that ticket prices would drop: they did last time we were relegated. If they dropped to £15 and £10 that would make us the cheapest place in the Championship to watch rugby and make losses of £3m look like chicken feed.
I don't know where some people get their "facts" from but the cheapest tickets for Glaws are £21.50 standing and £24 seating. For their game against London Irish, Glaws are charging £23 for the Shed and £28 for cheapest seating. Should we get relegated to the Championship, I would guess that ticket prices would drop: they did last time we were relegated. If they dropped to £15 and £10 that would make us the cheapest place in the Championship to watch rugby and make losses of £3m look like chicken feed. Brummagem Bertie
  • Score: -3

12:33pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Robot 3021 says...

Brummagem Bertie wrote:
I don't know where some people get their "facts" from but the cheapest tickets for Glaws are £21.50 standing and £24 seating. For their game against London Irish, Glaws are charging £23 for the Shed and £28 for cheapest seating.

Should we get relegated to the Championship, I would guess that ticket prices would drop: they did last time we were relegated. If they dropped to £15 and £10 that would make us the cheapest place in the Championship to watch rugby and make losses of £3m look like chicken feed.
Shed tickets aren't the cheapest at Kingsholm. Stowford Press Terrace adult tickets for the LI game at Gloucester are £15.

Facts are good.
[quote][p][bold]Brummagem Bertie[/bold] wrote: I don't know where some people get their "facts" from but the cheapest tickets for Glaws are £21.50 standing and £24 seating. For their game against London Irish, Glaws are charging £23 for the Shed and £28 for cheapest seating. Should we get relegated to the Championship, I would guess that ticket prices would drop: they did last time we were relegated. If they dropped to £15 and £10 that would make us the cheapest place in the Championship to watch rugby and make losses of £3m look like chicken feed.[/p][/quote]Shed tickets aren't the cheapest at Kingsholm. Stowford Press Terrace adult tickets for the LI game at Gloucester are £15. Facts are good. Robot 3021
  • Score: 2

10:49pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Brummagem Bertie says...

Robot 3021,
"Shed tickets aren't the cheapest at Kingsholm."

I never said that they were.
Robot 3021, "Shed tickets aren't the cheapest at Kingsholm." I never said that they were. Brummagem Bertie
  • Score: 0

7:56am Mon 21 Apr 14

Wobbly Warrior says...

The maths is all wrong here. We play 11 home games each loses £50,000 due to poor ticket sales which is £550k so what about the rest of the losses?
The maths is all wrong here. We play 11 home games each loses £50,000 due to poor ticket sales which is £550k so what about the rest of the losses? Wobbly Warrior
  • Score: 1
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