Deathwatch: Birthdays goes into administration - but at what cost for Man U?
Manchester United’s preparations for the Champions League final have been thrown into liquid chaos with the announcement that the Birthdays greetings card chain has been placed into administration.
The chain was previously part-owned by former Red Devils’ captain Bryan Robson, who was also once a director of the company but now works as an ambassador for the football club. The legendary midfielder is believed to have sold his stake in the card company some years ago when it was acquired by Clinton Cards, but the news that Birthdays is in trouble is sure raise a Robson eyebrow.
Fans and officials must be hoping that the raised eyebrow doesn’t reverberate around Old Trafford and lead to an outbreak of panic and confusion throughout the club, with the massive Champions League final in Rome in just six days time.
The news also puts 2,200 jobs at risk and the future of 323 Birthdays stores now hangs in the balance after parent company Clinton made the tough decision to put Birthdays into administration, along with Thorpalm Greetings Cards. Birthdays will continue trading for now and it is believed that Clinton will also continue to sell their wildly-overpriced cards and crappy gonks, having recently refinanced their debts and secured new banking facilities.
[Thanks to HotUKDeals reader member smithyp1 for the original tip-off]