Tigers in limbo

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David Hoggart admits all planning for the 2014 speedway season is on hold at Sheffield.

And it’s not just because club owner Neil Machin is looking to sell the club after a nightmare season.

British Speedway is rapidly approaching a major crossroads with the TV deal ending next month and no news on whether it will be renewed.

The uncertainty over TV revenue means promoters at the top level in particular are at an uncertain stage.

Said Tigers co-promoter Hoggart: “I just cannot comment on what direction we are going or who with because we are in limbo at the moment.

“It’s a difficult time with so much uncertainty and we don’t know what structure the sport will adopt next season.

“It means we can only identity certain riders we would like but not put any firm plans in place at this stage. We don’t know what the position will be here at Sheffield or indeed elsewhere at this stage.”

Hoggart, who is highly regarded at British Speedway Promoters’ Association level, insists he still has a burning passion for the sport.

He said: “Speedway is a great product and when things are going against you, as they have here at Sheffield, you can often forget how good the sport is. The sport has always been a big part of my life, the same as it has for Neil, but we simply cannot comment on future plans for obvious reasons.

“One thing is for sure, Sheffield fans deserve a good season. I have burnt the midnight oil, along with Neil, trying to patch up our team this season with injuries to key riders, it’s been a nightmare.But we all need time to take stock and Neil will keep me fully updated on the situation regarding any takeover of the club.”

One man who won’t be buying Sheffield is Tony Mole, the man behind a bid to take the sport back to Bradford’s Odsal Stadium.Mole, based in Kidderminster, has flatly denied speculation linking him with a move to Owlerton.