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BARRY Town may be unable to start the new season as financial problems continue to dog the club.
The reigning champions are due to kick off the Welsh Premier season this Friday at home to Aberystwyth Town.
But mounting debts could be so bad the club may be forced to fold, unless a group of local businessmen succeed in taking financial control.
They have already outlined a draconian plan to keep the Dragons in business, which includes measures that would render the club ineligible for future European participation for several years.
Now, financial director Sanjay Patel has returned to London leaving Barry's players late again with their pay and claiming the club owes him money.
Unless this debt is paid, the proposed take-over appears doomed.
Seven squad members have left the club and there are doubts over the future of chief executive Kenny Green and manager Kevin Brown.
Welsh Premier secretary John Deakin met Barry officials on Friday night and confirmed that the situation is dire.
"I have to say their overall debt is substantial," he said. "There is much for the club to do and I told them I would be willing to postpone Friday's game to give them a chance to sort out matters.
"I have informed the FAW and obviously I will keep them up to date."
Manager Brown only has 11 senior players, some of whom are injured and one suspended, plus new signings and a couple of local players.
Jamie Moralee, Tom Ramasut, Jamie Jenkins and Nathan Cotterrall are worried about their futures and Brown's full-time managerial position is in doubt.
However, a players' representative has held talks with the group of businessman about to take over the club.
The player is said to be reasonably happy with the latest negotiations and any threat of not fulfilling their fixture against Aberystwyth Town has been dismissed.
10 August 2021