Acting Terras' chief sends out SOS

TURN OUT IN FORCE: Pranas Preidzius wants to see a big crowd at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Saturday

TURN OUT IN FORCE: Pranas Preidzius wants to see a big crowd at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Saturday

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ACTING chairman Pranas Preidzius has sent out an SOS message to the fans to get behind Weymouth FC in its hour of need.

The Lithuanian businessman, who has now officially taken over the reins from George Rolls, is urging supporters to turn out in force for Saturday’s home clash against Stourbridge, which he insists is vital in terms of financing the current squad.

He has also assured supporters that the club will not die on his watch but may have to consider moving to Dorchester Town’s Avenue Stadium in order to guarantee its future.

Preidzius said: “I want to reiterate to the fans that everything at the club is business as normal and it is not in any financial situation like some people are making out.

“The club is not going into an abyss and there is no way I will allow it to die despite what people have been saying.

“I will keep the club afloat but there is a short-term cash-flow issue that does need addressing.

“There is more money outstanding to us than we owe but with only one home game in the next month and six away matches, it is vital we get as big a crowd as possible on Saturday so we can keep the current squad together.

“The board of directors have been very disappointed with the continuing negativity from certain individuals and that is why we are now sending out an SOS to all our supporters to save our season.”

Preidzius spoke to the playing staff following Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Banbury and also asked associate director Nigel Biddlecombe if he would like to become a full director.

He added: “I addressed the players after the game as some are owed money due to the cash-flow issue and the fact that the donation that was made to the club last week by Peter Saxby has been withdrawn.

“I also spoke with Nigel Biddlecombe and asked if he would like to become a full board member, which he is currently considering. Our other associate director Mark Cole-man was unavailable.”

Preidzuis, who attended the game with Rolls, also chatted with some of the club’s fans at the Spencer Stadium and was delighted with their positive response.

He said: “I was very encouraged by the support I received from the travelling army of supporters and I am very grateful to them all for turning up and continuing to follow the club through thick and thin.”

Commenting on rumours that the Bob Lucas Stadium could be condemned, Preidzius added: “The ground is not close to being condemned. However, we have had a survey done on it and in the long term it will need around £400,000 of work done on it with £100,000 of that needing to be done in the short term.

“That means we would have to put in £100,000 over the next three years and with the income that is coming into the club at present it means it would not be viable for us to stay there.

“That is the reason why I have arranged to meet with Shaun Hearn next week to continue talks about a possible ground-share.”

When asked for his thoughts on the possibility of becoming a full director, Biddlecombe said: “Pranas made that offer to me and asked if I would consider it, which I must do.

“He also asked me to remain in place in the case of attempting to do the secretarial side of things, which I will definitely do.

“As for Mark Coleman, he was unable to make the trip but a full board meeting, which will include both Mark and I, will take place later this week when we will make a full decision on how things should progress for the rest of the season.”

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10:27am Mon 7 Mar 11

Artful Badger says...

So, we have a business that Mr Rolls has invested £25k in to originally. 10 months ago it entered in to a CVA and in recent months he states he has been bank rolling the club due to falling crowds and lack of sponsorship and other income streams. He has given a figure of losses of £10-£12k a month loses recently. Many players have been given contracts so that if they are released, they will need to be paid up.
Now Mr Rolls and his right hand man are saying that the ground needs at least £100k urgently and probably £300k more soon after.
Personally, if I owned such a business and somebody offered me some money (ANY money !) for it, I'd be biting their hand off.
It begs the question why he is hanging on ? Is there some deal in the future which he believes will recoup what he has put in and that will pay him a return on the shares that he is 'merely holding on behalf of the club' ?
There are apparently local businessmen willing to take over and run the club in the interests of the fans and the community. Mr Rolls has said many times that he doesn't intend to gain from the club and that at some point he would hand it over to the fans. Rather than shift the whole club up to Dorchester, where the vast majority of fans won't travel to and commercial income will be just about zero, why not hand it over now ?
So, we have a business that Mr Rolls has invested £25k in to originally. 10 months ago it entered in to a CVA and in recent months he states he has been bank rolling the club due to falling crowds and lack of sponsorship and other income streams. He has given a figure of losses of £10-£12k a month loses recently. Many players have been given contracts so that if they are released, they will need to be paid up. Now Mr Rolls and his right hand man are saying that the ground needs at least £100k urgently and probably £300k more soon after. Personally, if I owned such a business and somebody offered me some money (ANY money !) for it, I'd be biting their hand off. It begs the question why he is hanging on ? Is there some deal in the future which he believes will recoup what he has put in and that will pay him a return on the shares that he is 'merely holding on behalf of the club' ? There are apparently local businessmen willing to take over and run the club in the interests of the fans and the community. Mr Rolls has said many times that he doesn't intend to gain from the club and that at some point he would hand it over to the fans. Rather than shift the whole club up to Dorchester, where the vast majority of fans won't travel to and commercial income will be just about zero, why not hand it over now ? Artful Badger
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12:31pm Mon 7 Mar 11

Terrasfan says...

Because Artful Badger Mr Roll's is now showing his true colours that of a man desperate to get out and try and get as much money as possible. He should be banned from ever entering the premises again. (Shame it wasn't done a long time ago) The work on the stadium is a wish list that in a perfect world would of course be fantastic, but there is NO evidence at all that any mandatory work is required. The money he is asking for is also wishful thinking and I just hope and pray that no-one gives him it. Give him nothing, and ban him from the ground that's the only way to deal with this man.
Because Artful Badger Mr Roll's is now showing his true colours that of a man desperate to get out and try and get as much money as possible. He should be banned from ever entering the premises again. (Shame it wasn't done a long time ago) The work on the stadium is a wish list that in a perfect world would of course be fantastic, but there is NO evidence at all that any mandatory work is required. The money he is asking for is also wishful thinking and I just hope and pray that no-one gives him it. Give him nothing, and ban him from the ground that's the only way to deal with this man. Terrasfan
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1:12pm Mon 7 Mar 11

weymouthfox says...

Mr Rolls is obviously still in charge and Mr Prezius merely a stooge. I think its time they all cleared out and let Mr ****, Mr Ferguson and Mr Hennessy take over. The club needs local people of integrity to gain support from other local people and businesses.
Mr Rolls is obviously still in charge and Mr Prezius merely a stooge. I think its time they all cleared out and let Mr ****, Mr Ferguson and Mr Hennessy take over. The club needs local people of integrity to gain support from other local people and businesses. weymouthfox
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1:17pm Mon 7 Mar 11

Terrasfan says...

Yes, get rid of the puppet and the puppet master, only way forward. Both as bad as each other.
Yes, get rid of the puppet and the puppet master, only way forward. Both as bad as each other. Terrasfan
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12:23pm Tue 8 Mar 11

maximan says...

Because he wants the club to go elsewhere so that he can keep the ground/land?
Because he wants the club to go elsewhere so that he can keep the ground/land? maximan
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