... so leid es mir tut:
Australische Hilfe nützt auch nix mehr
06 November 2002
It is with the greatest of sadness and anger that I have to write this statement.
Following a truly amazing response to the public fund raising activities, Manchester Storm was to have made a presentation yesterday to the Ice Hockey Superleague detailing a positive proposal to secure the future of Manchester Storm to play in the ISL. With the full co-operation from SMG Europe, operators of the MEN Arena, offering a reasonable and workable rental structure, I felt confident that our proposal would be well supported. However as a precursor to the proposal, a discussion was held amongst the members present on a different matter. The outcome and implications of this discussion did not allow me to present my case and I withdrew my proposal on moral grounds, which the league fully concurred with.
I now see no other course of action but to put the club into the hands of my professional advisors, with a view to putting the club into liquidation. All funds pledged by cheque and/or credit card will be destroyed and all cash received will be returned immediately upon production of the receipt issued.
I understand there will be an appeal to raise funds to assist the players and off-ice team, and I hope that the goodwill that has been shown can now be continued. I have spoken to all the team, coaching and office staff and they fully understand the decision I have taken.
For the record, I have worked tirelessly and unselfishly trying to rescue this club. Any prospective buyers have insisted upon my involvement and would have been free to discuss any future involvement of the Manchester Storm with the ISL and would have received my full co- operation.
I wish at this point to thank all the fans, sponsors and well-wishers who have assisted over and above all expectations.
Grüße aus Mannheim