AFC Fylde chairman David Haythornthwaite has laid bare the club’s outgoings in the past few weeks, which he says amount to £115,000 during the current COVID-19-enforced football shutdown.

Last year’s National League play-off finalists and FA Trophy winners have been battling relegation this season and were four points adrift of safety at the time of the 2019/20 season suspension. A final decision is still to be announced with regard to the fate of the current campaign in the fifth and sixth tiers.

Haythornthwaite has been updating supporters on the situation facing Fylde, explaining: “Since the last home match, Aldershot on the 14th (March), I just called Lisa this morning, the FD, and I just said ‘what have we paid out since then, in the last month?’ It’s roughly, almost exactly, a month since we finished, and AFC Fylde has paid out £115,000, and we’re a little club.

“I talked to a League One chief exec yesterday and he told me that in that same period, he paid out £440,000.”

Haythornthwaite added: “If what happens is what I suggested could happen earlier, which is we now have nine months of that, then that’s, in very simple terms, a million quid, that somebody is going to have to find. There’s only one person and that’s me, and that is the situation that we find ourself in.

“I’ve therefore had to make some difficult decisions, and one of those decisions is that I’m not gonna support the football club at the level that I’ve supported it before, because I feel it’s morally wrong for me to ask all my managers in my, shall we say, ‘real business’, to take pay cuts, or to furlough people on the government scheme, and to have to terminate some people, while at the same time fund my football club – which, as I explained, of that 95 percent is wages – and to pay every single player full wages.

“This is not my dilemma, this is everybody’s dilemma.”

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