Simon Jordan called Mansfield Town’s decision to alter its launch time in response to rising energy prices “not a measured decision”.
The Stag’s announced that they had moved up their clash with Walsall to Saturday, October 15 at 1 p.m. from the traditional 3 p.m. timeslot to avoid the use of the floodlights.
The decision came as homes and businesses struggle to cope with rising energy costs and it looks like the Nottinghamshire-based club are no different.
A statement from the club read: “The club is working to mitigate the significant and upcoming increase in energy bills.
“As part of these efforts, the earlier kick-off time will allow the club to discern whether significant savings can be made on floodlight usage and other energy costs.
“Furthermore, as a result of testing this kick-off time change, the club will be able to better determine whether an earlier kick-off on a Saturday would have an effect on potential attendance.”
In response, Simon Jordan believes that if Mansfield takes steps to cut costs, changing the kick-off time could still end up letting them change.
“You worry about them being some sort of borrowing from Peter to pay Paul because you might find attendance drops,” Jordan told talkSPORT.
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“So if your footfall is down because the traditional time for devices is 3 p.m. and people can’t do a 1 p.m. schedule, which means you could save on energy costs, I had the impression that government intervention negates the need to do some of this.
“Because the government intervention to underpin the consumer bill and the business bills provided a structure that protected us against that for a period of time – for six months.
“And that period of time would be back in the territory of not needing to have afternoon lights on. I’m not quite sure that’s the most measured reaction.
Jordan continued to question Mansfield’s strategy and claimed the League Two side would have to look to other areas of their finances if government intervention still forced them to make changes to the schedule.
Jordan added: “Do we need these measures? If Mansfield thinks so, regardless of government intervention, then it’s for Mansfield.
“Now I would question the savings you get because if you run your business so tightly because your utility costs, even when you’re backed by government, means you’re so close to joining – I suggest which you might want to look at your players’ salaries, but that’s another discussion.
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