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Urgent talks as the Fleet is relegated

PUBLISHED: 16:04 29 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:40 23 August 2010

CONCERN: Duncan Hol.

CONCERN: Duncan Hol.

BOSSES at relegated Ebbsfleet United will meet for crucial talks this week to discuss the future of the struggling football club. A courageous 4-3 victory against Tamworth on Saturday was not enough to save the Fleet from dropping out of the Blue Square

BOSSES at relegated Ebbsfleet United will meet for crucial talks this week to discuss the future of the struggling football club.

A courageous 4-3 victory against Tamworth on Saturday was not enough to save the Fleet from dropping out of the Blue Square Conference, deepening concerns over its future.

Head coach Liam Daish remains tight-lipped over his future, and the club c,hairman Duncan Holt (pictured) and members of MyFC which helps run the club through the Fleet's fanbase, will meet to persuade him to stay on at the club.

Mr Holt said: "I will speak with Liam and match up his aspirations with what we can achieve and hopefully find somewhere in the middle. Liam is one of the best things assets at this club."

He warned with less FA revenue, smaller crowds and reduced priced tickets would all impact on the clubs finances resulting in potential staff cuts both on and off the field.

He added: "Some difficult decisions will have to be made."

Membership fees paying for the team's players have dropped dramatically since the club was brought by MyFC, with less than 4000 renewals paid in February this year, compared with more than 32,000 when the idea was launched in 2007.

However Mr Holt hopes a good start next season will pick up interest.

"We are entering a league where we hold a competitive advantage," he said.

MyFC board member Jessica McQueen also stressed the importance of Liam Daish remaining at the helm and holds hopes rival clubs finances could still save the Stonebridge Road club from the drop.

A Blue Square Conference Annual General Meeting is held in June and if teams seeking promotion to the premiership do not meet the stadium requirements, or existing teams have financial problems, relegation could be avoided.

Mrs McQueen added: "Just look at Chester and how they have fallen out of existence. We don't know what is going on at other clubs but obviously a lot of clubs at this level really struggle financially."

Mrs McQueen added that options such as employing semi-professional players would be addressed.

In the Conference South Ebbsfleet will meet with local rivals such as newly promoted Dartford FC, Welling FC and Bromley FC.

"I would like to say I relish it but I would prefer to be playing Luton or Wrexham week in week out," said Mr Holt.

What do you think? E-mail michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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