Scholes set for the long-term at Tigers
Telford Tigers boss Wayne Scholes has pledged his future to the English Premier League champions during a packed fansâ€™ forum.
WednesdayÂ nightâ€™s event at Telford Ice Rink saw dozens of supporters question club bosses on the future of the EPL outfit.
Subjects included Telfordâ€™s performance in defending the league title, as well as the clubâ€™s new online ticketing system.
Mr Scholes, whose company Red Hockey took control of Telford Tigers at the end of 2013, said: â€œWe came into this with at least a five year plan, so weâ€™re about halfway there. Weâ€™ve put in around a million pounds so far, and you just donâ€™t walk away from that sort of investment.
â€œOf course, the whole point is that this club stands on its own two feet, and is self-sustaining. But weâ€™re certainly getting towards that point.
â€œIn terms of the league, our playing budget is still about fifth or sixth. We are nowhere near being the top-spending team. I would say there are probably about five teams above us.â€
Mr Scholes also faced questions about the clubâ€™s future in the English Premier League â€“ and the possibility of stepping up to the top-level Elite League
He added: â€œEvery option is open to us, but the time to think about that is at the end of the year. There are lots of proposals about changes to the EPL, so weâ€™ll see where we are at the end of the season.
â€œI totally think about the Elite League, and itâ€™s often on my mind. But we play in the EPL right now, and at the end of the season we always reassess where we are.
â€œWe donâ€™t have any plans to present to the Elite League about joining for next year.â€
The Tigers boss was asked about the performance ofÂ this yearâ€™s teamÂ in their defence of the English Premier League title â€“ and he immediately gave his backing to coach Tom Watkins.
â€œWe have the best coach in the country in Tom, and weâ€™re very lucky to have him here,â€ he said.
â€œIt is hard, because as an owner, I have different expectations to that of a fan. I want to win games, but as an owner, I know I should stay out of Tomâ€™s business.
â€œUltimately, I canâ€™t walk in and tell those guys what to do, and I would never do that. So yes, I do have expectations, but I have to make sure the â€˜fanâ€™ Wayne doesnâ€™t influence the â€˜ownerâ€™ Wayne.â€