Steve Diamond prepares for Worcester’s ‘last game at Sixways ever’

Steve Diamond says Worcester will bear in mind that Saturday’s Gallagher Premiership clash against Newcastle will be their last game at Sixways.

Warriors rugby director Diamond has described the club’s current string of dark days as a “time of purgatory”.

Worcester must demonstrate to Rugby Football Union by early Monday night that they have the necessary insurance, are able to meet payroll and have a “credible plan to move the club forward”.

Kriegers are saddled with more than £25million in debt, including at least £6million in unpaid taxes, while anger is mounting at owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham, who have been accused of spoliating assets from the club.

If Worcester fails to provide the funding and insurance requested by the RFU, they have been told a suspension could result in full disqualification from all leagues.

With that in mind, Worcester will host the Falcons and Diamond said: “Our mindset tomorrow is it’s our last game ever at Sixways.

“I’m really proud that the boys are going out tomorrow. Team calls are not required.

We have been in this near purgatory period for some time now and it is beginning to come to a head

Steve Diamond

“And we’re going to Worcester as a team for a pint tomorrow night. We’ll find some nice little bars and nightclubs where older gentlemen like me can stand in the corner.”

Culture Secretary Stuart Andrew said on Thursday the government would send professional advisers “immediately” to take a closer look at the club and possible options.

Putting the club into administration is a decision “we will not shy away from” if it proves to be the most appropriate, the minister added.

With decision day fast approaching, Diamond said: “We have been in this period of purgatory for some time and it is beginning to come to a head with no doubt that we may be suspended on Monday.

Worcester supporters have shown great loyalty to the club (Nigel French/PA)

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“I don’t know how this position came about. It’s sad and devilish that it was allowed to virtually walk to the graveyard itself and I never thought it would reach that position, but it happened.

“Just getting 23 guys out there to do their best is all I care about right now and if the people behind the scenes had the same mindset as I do then it wouldn’t be in the position it’s in.”

Diamond also addressed the likely scenario of Worcester being suspended and their season on hiatus.

“I don’t want to doubt it, but one thing I know, I’ll be looking at some places in the sun over the next fortnight when we’re suspended,” he said.

“I think if we’re suspended because there’s no liability insurance we can’t use the stadium to train, so we’ll have to train somewhere off-site, maybe a local school or whatever you like, but I think I could give them some time.

“To be fair to the league, to be fair to the union (RFU), you can’t have a team that doesn’t play five or six games and field it back.

“I assume if we’re suspended and it goes into administration it would be a two or three week process and we could play after the break. In two weeks we have a goodbye week.

“If the right investor comes in with the right investment, working capital money, then you wouldn’t have to be Warren Buffett to turn things around.

“There was no financial control, no real transplant in the business.” Steve Diamond prepares for Worcester’s ‘last game at Sixways ever’

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