SOLIHULL’S troubled Bees rugby club have until November 23 to prove that they can survive.
The Bees and their prospective new owners - who cannot yet be revealed - have been told by the sport’s governing body to create a plan that shows they can at least fulfil their Championship fixture-list this season.
The Rugby Football Union gave the Bees the ‘continuation licence’ on Wednesday, which allows them to keep playing while they thrash out the plans.
“A lot of people think we’ve gone, but we haven’t,” said relieved boss Russell Earnshaw.
“The hard work starts now. A lot of people thought the Cornish Pirates game was our last, but I’m an eternal optimist.
“We’re not the first team to go into administration this year and I’m sure we won’t be the last, so not all is lost for us yet.”
Members put the club into voluntary liquidation on Tuesday, for which the club were docked 15 points, leaving them on -14.
Despite this, the Bees could still stay up this season, with the safety net of play-offs if they are needed.
The move also resulted in the closure of the BumbleBees nursery and the loss of admin jobs at the club.
Player coach Earnshaw while talking up the club is being coy on his side’s new backers: “I can’t disclose who it is, all I can say is that they are Birmingham based,” he said.
Earnshaw also met with Birmingham City’s new owners this week, but said Carson Yeung and co are not involved at the moment. “We are still open to offers and if anyone can help I’d love to hear from them,” he added.
* Bees, already hit by many key players quitting, play Moseley at Sharmans Cross Road tomorrow, Saturday, kick off 2pm, with the Birmingham side likely to feature former Bees favourite Reece Spee at full back.