McGlynn concerned over Raith finances

4011086 SSFF livingstone raith 'John McGlynn & Paul Smith - Raith Rovers against Livingstone FC at Almondvale, Livingstone
4011086 SSFF livingstone raith 'John McGlynn & Paul Smith - Raith Rovers against Livingstone FC at Almondvale, Livingstone

RAITH boss John McGlynn has expressed his concerns following the Board’s open meeting with supporters last Thursday.

At the meeting, club directors revealed losses of £80,000 for the year to June 2011, with a similar loss projected for June 2012. And with the spectre of part-time football also on the agenda, McGlynn fears that he could be left without the resources required to field a competitive First Division team.

“My budget was cut for this season, and if there’s more losses to come, that could mean it’s cut even more for next year,” he said. “It just means there are fewer tools at my disposal, and less chance that we’ll be able to do the job.

‘‘But there’s no point in crying over it. We just have to get on with it.

“It’s nothing to do with the football – it’s the recession that’s doing this. People are getting paid off all over the place so are more concerned about paying bills and putting petrol in their cars.

“But the board felt they had to have the meeting and quite rightly so. The question is does Kirkcaldy want a football club because it’s nearly coming down to that.”

Meanwhile, McGlynn has warned defender Dougie Hill he could face a fight to win his place back in the team after his red card against Livingston.

Hill is facing a two match ban and will miss upcoming games against Partick and Queen of the South after being sent off by referee Willie Collum for showing his studs in a lunging tackle on Livingston’s Kyle Jacobs on Saturday.

McGlynn said: “In the modern-day game it’s a sending off. “He’s only committed to going for the ball, however if you leave the ground and your studs are up it’s sending off.

“Dougie is disappointed because the lads have now had to work their socks off with 10 men for 75 minutes.

“He’s now not available for the next two games so with a small squad it has an impact on the whole football club, which is disappointing.

“He’s just got himself in the team after injury, he now finds himself out of the team because of injury, and who knows when he gets back in the team.”

Raith have no game this weekend due to the international break, however the majority of first team players will feature in the Fife Cup final against Cowdenbeath at Stark’s Park tonight (Thursday) kick-off 7.30 p.m.