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O'Neill on Season Tickets, Kits and Contracts
Tuesday, 17th Mar 2020 16:28

Announcements on next year’s season ticket prices and new kits are usually made at this time of the season but are currently on hold with 2019/20 suspended, while player contract discussions are continuing.

In addition to next year’s season tickets, Town fans still have five games left on this year’s ticket having previously lost another match due to Bury’s expulsion.

It’s possible that those five matches might not be played but general manager of football operations Lee O'Neill says he’s not going to prejudge a situation which at the present time is unclear.

“At this moment in time, we’re trying not to speculate on the outcome of this season because we simply don’t know,” he told TWTD.

“We are carrying on and planning as if we have those remaining games to still play and obviously that’s what they signed up for and they’ve agreed to as part of their season tickets.

“That’s the only information that I can give. I hope that we can play those games as quickly as possible when it is safe to do so. When I have a little bit more information about when we can resume the games programme we can communicate a little bit more with the season ticket holders.

“It’s very frustrating I guess, because they want to come and watch football at the weekend and it’s a large part of people’s lives.

“But sometimes there are greater priorities and football is a little bit less important than life. For most people it’s about making sure they can take the necessary precautions to stop the virus from spreading.”

Regarding next year’s season ticket plans, he added: “We’ve had conversations going on over the last few weeks about what we’re trying to do for next year.

“Obviously at the moment they’re just discussions going on internally because we don’t really know, we’ve got no indication when next year will start, when it’ll finish or what it’ll even look like, so that will affect the whole season ticket campaign and how important that will be for the club.

“And not just our club, but for every club to survive because it’s an important part of the revenue stream for most clubs to operate with.”

The new kits are also usually revealed at this point in a campaign: “Commercially, again everything is on hold and we’re just having discussions. The timing is obviously the important part at the moment and making sure we have the relevant information so we can communicate that with the stakeholders and the season ticket holders.

“At the moment we don’t and we don’t want to speculate and we’re just trying to carry on as normal as best we possibly can until we hear anything different.”

O’Neill says talks with players are a continual thing rather than something which is just addressed towards the end of a season. Cole Skuse, Andre Dozzell, Gwion Edwards, Will Keane, Danny Rowe and Armando Dobra are among those whose current terms are up this summer but with the club having an option to keep them for an additional year.

“All of those situations with players’ contracts, they don’t just happen at the end of the season, they’ve been ongoing conversations and they will be ongoing conversations up until the end of the season,” he said.

“I think it is quite difficult at the moment to know what that’s going to look like but we’re definitely having conversations with players.

“There are players at the football club that we’d like to have here a bit longer but we need to find out what the end of this season’s going to look like for the shaping of the squad depending on what league we’re in and obviously what next season will look like.”

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Radlett_blue added 17:15 - Mar 17
As ever, O'Neill says a lot without ever really saying anything substantial.

ipswichdave added 17:49 - Mar 17
Still no mention of a refund for the Bury FC game lol

BeattiesBackPocket added 18:35 - Mar 17
I kind of feel sorry for this guy deep down he probably has the club at heart but is just yet another puppet. Good luck with promoting season tickets next year! 👍

GatesPerm added 19:03 - Mar 17
For crying out loud, what do you expect him to say at this troubling time?

Suffolkboy added 19:07 - Mar 17
Come on !! Where’s the personal commitment to believe rather than permanently seek to pick holes, criticise and exercise what often looks like personal grudges ?
LO’N is a man of sincerity and integrity ,honestly doing and delivering the best he can in what are the most exceptional circumstances any of us has ,and hopefully ever will experience !


MickMillsTash added 23:30 - Mar 17
Great time to have a billionaire owner, average crowds of 18000 when and playing in Div 1
Many clubs are going to be in trouble after Coruna plays out- there will be some willing (desperate) sellers and players keen to get to safer clubs. Players who we feel we are overpaying won't be getting a better deal elsewhere. Great time to build a winning squad
Will we get it right ? or will we bring in George Boyd on loan the day the transfer window closes

Doctor_Earman added 00:34 - Mar 18
If the games are played then great, if not then refund season ticket holders. Not difficult.

Dissboyitfc added 07:14 - Mar 18
Oh and Lee we will be playing in LG 1 next season, no confusion there.

dirtydingusmagee added 08:34 - Mar 18
season tickets ..........good luck with that one .

ITFCsince73 added 09:05 - Mar 18
Yes British Government you need to be helping clubs.
The wages of 4 & 8 combined is approaching 75k per month.....yes honestly....we've been paying this for 7ish years to these 2. It was much more when Mick was here.

Bert added 11:22 - Mar 18
Dammed if he says nothing and dammed whatever he does say. We are in a world crisis where nothing is normal and decisions can only be made on what is known. The bloke shows more integrity and understanding than he is given credit for unlike Boris who looks and sounds bewildered. The health of people is more important than football and certainly Brexit.

runningout added 16:13 - Mar 19
Yes.. The Health is number 1 priority, but you wouldn’t think it listening to Football authorities. So some fans of our club post in frustration of how our club is fading into extinction. It’s something those that are more positive surely will have to understand to a degree

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