Big interest could save Millers
Rotherham United's administrator has extended the deadline for eight interested parties to help keep the club alive
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 12/04/08 1:56pm
Rotherham United's administrator has extended the deadline for eight interested parties to help keep the club alive.
The eight wishing to buy the League Two club have each been sent sales packs and given a deadline until 5pm Friday, April 18, to lodge a bid.
It is the second time, in just 19 months, that the Millers have entered administration and all but one of their players have agreed to have wages deferred in April - but striker Chris O'Grady has refused.
Despite the eight-party interest, administrator Jeremy Bleazard is also pleading to fans and the people of Rotherham to help out with matchdays and running costs before a purchase is agreed.
"Matchday and other costs cannot be reduced. I am at a stage where help is required to fund the club's everyday survival until a funder or purchase is found," Bleazard said.
"I am looking for donations, regardless of size, to assist the day-to-day running of the club which can be made directly to the club."
The rent for the club's Millmoor stadium and training ground has been paid in full for April which secures their future for the short-term.
However the club needs big attendances for Mark Robins side's two remaining home fixtures to generate cash flow and avoid administration for a third time in quick succession.
"If fans do not turn up to the remaining fixtures there is no income stream and the club would not be able to trade," Bleazard added.
"I am hopeful the loyal fans of the club, the people of Rotherham and football fans in general will turn up to our remaining two home fixtures to help save the club and to show potential investors the fantastic support this club generates."