League 1 Luton Town enter administration

November 22, 2007

Struggling League One outfit Luton have been placed into administration.

Insolvency specialists, The P&A Partnership, confirmed the news on Thursday evening after the club's directors were advised the Hatters could not continue functioning in their current state.

P&A Partnership spokesman Brendan Guilfoyle said: 'Administration will give the club breathing space and an opportunity to restructure its finances.

'Our aim is to maximise the value of the company's assets and to place the club on a firm footing for the future.'

More than 50 charges were levelled against the club, former and current club officials and six agents by the Football Association regarding payments to agents last week, and directors John Mitchell and Richard Bagehot stepped down yesterday.

With administration comes a 10-point deduction, which will see the Hatters drop down to bottom place in the Coca-Cola League One table.

Guilfoyle added: 'We feel for the fans, the manager and the players as in the short term the club will suffer a points deduction from the Football League but hopefully the long-term prospects will overcome the short-term disadvantage.

'The Hatters is a great football club with more than 100 years of history behind it and it needs your support now more than ever.'

The administrators are looking for prospective buyers to put proposals to the creditors by the end of next month, while Guilfoyle has also confirmed that the FA charges are not affected by the administration.