Neil Machin open to change as beleaguered Sheffield Tigers look to regroup

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SUNDAY could be the day for speedway next year as Sheffield attempt to win back fans after a troubled season both on and off the track.

As reported on Tuesday, club bosses are considering a change of race night after a season of poor crowds, with the Thursday race night possibly playing a part.

And it isn’t just the Tigers who have struggled this season, with as many six Premier League clubs saying they are open to selling to new owners. Although Sheffield aren’t in that situation, they are still keen to have a more fruitful 2013 and bounce back.

“Like just about everyone else, it has been a difficult year and we have to find ways of attracting supporters to speedway,” said Tigers chief Neil Machin. “We are looking at admission prices and other ways to get people to come along. One is obviously developing a winning team and that has been a major part of this season’s problems but the other is our race day.

“Thursday’s are not ideal with all the other fixtures around Europe and it has caused us problems, undoubtedly. Sunday is one of the days we are looking at, but we are thinking about everything.

“There are no Elite League fixtures on a Sunday because they run in Poland so that would make things an awful lot easier, so of course it’s under consideration. We have a lot of discussions ahead with our landlords and a change of race day is on the agenda. I must stress that this is only something we are looking at and although we may take it a stage further, it’s very early stages for us right now.”

Premier League bosses are facing up to the biggest and most important AGM for years next month with most of the league losing money.