Date:Friday November 19 2010
Nottingham Forest have today released details of their financial accounts, for the season 2009-2010.
The figures show that revenue has grown by £2.6m to £14.7m for the period, which was helped by a 9% increase in gate receipts, as well as increased revenue from TV broadcasting and radio.
The report also states that in chairman Nigel Doughty's 11 year tenure of the club, he's put in over £60m from his own pocket, which the club must pay back by way of loan payments. Mr. Doughty has agreed to extend that agreement to pay back the loan until 2013.
NFFC Finance Director John Pelling said. 'Whilst the increase in turnover was most welcome, our transfer activity added £4.4m to our total wage bill. The club can only spend the level it does on player transfers and wages with the continuing support of Mr Doughty.'
So, whilst on the surface all appears well on the financial front (so long as the chairman continues to bail us out), the question remains as to why the chairman has refused to invest in new players this season? That question is particularly pertinent, when he and his CEO Mark Arthur are on record as saying funds are available. Despite those claims, the club have only managed to recruit Ryan Bertrand on a 6 month loan signing and the permanent signature of Radoslaw Majewski, where a deal was already agreed previously to secure his future at the club. The other question that needs answering, is how the chairman plans to bridge the gap between apparent financial stability and his stated ambition of regaining Premiership status for the club? If Nigel Doughty wants this club to progress, he has to pump even more funds from his own pocket into the club. It appears at this moment in time, that he is unwilling to do this, so further investment in the squad would seem unlikely.
One piece of genuine good news from the report, is that the monies owed to Nottingham City Council for the building of the new Trent End, will be paid off before this season ends. The announcement from the club also says that a full and detailed breakdown of the accounts will be shown in the next matchday programme, available at the game versus Bristol City on December 4.
Date:Friday November 19 2010
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