SPEEDWAY: Tigers future in doubt

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TIGERS co-boss David Hoggart has warned another season like 2012 could threaten the club’s future.

And the businessman says the Owlerton outfit are working overtime to get the right team as well as increasing the profile and sponsorship of the club.

The club ran up alarming financial losses this year thanks to a poor team and damaging weather.

A repeat in 2013 could signal the end of the club: that’s how serious the situation has become.

Hoggart admitted: “We are working our backsides off to keep the show on the rails. We have had it as hard as anyone this year for a variety of reasons and that cannot continue.

“Neil Machin has always been very proud of his financial standing in the sport and one thing that happens here at Sheffield is that bills get paid on time. At times he has threatened to put the club up for sale and if things don’t change, then that is more of a possibility.

“But we’re confident things can turn around. Supporters will return if the product is right and the team does well.

Hoggart and Machin are under pressure after fans turned their back on the team in large numbers. The loss of Owlerton legend Ricky Ashworth along with Josh Auty and Ashley Birks, coupled with Shane Parker’s retirement was too much for some.