Doncaster Rovers: No sympathy from Flynn

Hard-line approach: Brian Flynn pulls no punches about financial mismanagement
Hard-line approach: Brian Flynn pulls no punches about financial mismanagement

CLUBS in financial turmoil should be instantly relegated two divisions, according to Brian Flynn.

Today’s opponents Coventry City are £60 million in debt and were yesterday deducted ten points by the Football League after being placed into administration.

The Sky Blues’ tale of woe, which led to the venue of today’s game only being confirmed 30 hours before kick-off, is a similar downward spiral to that endured by Portsmouth, who visited the Keepmoat just a fortnight ago.

But Flynn has very little sympathy for clubs in financial trouble and has called on the game’s authorities to get tough on them.

Flynn said: “They should be relegated automatically, and not necessarily to the league below either. It might be the league below that.

“In Germany if you go one euro over a six million overdraft you get relegated that day. That’s the Bundesliga. You cannot overspend.

“I know we’ve got Financial Fair Play now but the bigger clubs have found ways around that.”

Crisis club Portsmouth showed real spirit on the pitch to come from behind and claim a 1-1 draw at Doncaster and Flynn is wary of a repeat at the Ricoh Arena this afternoon.

But he stops short of showing any sympathy for the Sky Blues.

“It’s disgraceful what’s happened at those clubs [Portsmouth and Coventry],” he said.

“Who has allowed it to happen?

“There’s only person signing the cheques. Who are they answering to? It should not be allowed to happen.

“On the football side of things we were taught a bit of a lesson against Portsmouth because they did very well in the second half against us.

“All of their players were playing for their careers. They want to showcase themselves. I am sure it’ll be the same at Coventry.

“We’re not aware of all the politics there and we’re just delighted to be playing this game at the Ricoh for obvious reasons,” he added.

“It’s a difficult situation for them but we cannot afford to have any sympathy for them.”

Dean Furman is expected to be on the bench despite needing stitches above his eye after catching a flailing elbow in South Africa’s 2-0 win Central African Republic on Saturday.

Midfielder Lee Fowler yesterday joined League Two promotion chasers Burton Albion on loan until the end of the season.