FFT’s Five Finds: Will Tampines spiral out of control?
Ominous sounds coming from Tampines Rovers
For much of pre-season, the general feeling was that the 2016 S.League season would struggle to engage and excite the fans and media.
But Tampines managed to do just that with the former Liverpool star and crowds, not only at Tampines but in the league as a whole.
The problem with big names is that they cost big money, with Pennant reportedly paid more than ten times the salary of the average player.
There have been reports in the media that the club is struggling to meet their financial obligations.
So much so that chairman Krishna Ramachandra was moved to publicly promise the players that their wages would be paid as normal.
The boss claimed that it was merely a cash-flow issue and not a case of the club spending beyond their means.
He did, however, admit that the club had asked the Football Association of Singapore for financial assistance.
It remains to be seen what happens but this is not the kind of headlines that S.League bosses want to see. It is important for all that a big club like Tampines have their house in order.