Aberdeen say it is impossible to provide their supporters with clarity on their future while decisions are pending on the status of Scottish football, in a statement on their official website today.
Celtic, the Dons and every other club in Scotland is currently trying to figure out how to proceed in uncertain times following the suspension of the Scottish leagues because of an ongoing public health crisis.
With no decision on what it all means for the 2019/20 season, nobody really knows how to proceed and Aberdeen are no different.
Unfortunately for the Pittodrie club, they are now facing a massive financial challenge, sharing that they now face spending as much as £5m in outgoings without any income.
In a statement on the official Aberdeen website, Cormack said: “It’s only prudent to assume that, realistically, there will be no football until July perhaps, at the earliest.
“During this period, we are therefore facing £5million in outgoings with no expected income. No matches are planned and we have no idea when a new season starts, never mind the current season ending, and it is highly unlikely there will be any player sales in the summer.
“This situation is clearly unsustainable. No club, whatever their size, scale or level of investment, can withstand a total lack of income over a period of anything between three to six months.”
Clearly Aberdeen think UEFA’s guidelines for associations to finish their domestic organisations by June 30th are fanciful.
With the SPFL and SFA not providing much guidance in recent days and trying to figure out how to proceed, it could be time to make some tough choices when it comes to the conclusion of the 2019/20 season.
Is it feasible to draw this out all summer? As Aberdeen note, uncertainty is part of the problem and if they could at least plan ahead to next term it could help them.
Their statement comes after Hearts issued their staff with a 50% pay cut and Edinburgh City chairman Jim Brown urged the Scottish football authorities to take action.
Celtic, although financially secure right now, are hardly immune from these pressures either. We have the highest wage bill in the country by a distance, for example. Everything is relative.
Against a backdrop of wider societal problems, football may seem insignificant but it appears jobs and livelihoods are on the line in this industry too.