Whitehaven are pushing ahead with plans to appoint a commercial manager to help boost the club’s ailing finances.

The post has been advertised this week and the club is hoping to appoint a go-ahead, enthusiastic individual who ticks all the right boxes.

Chairman Tommy Todd said: “It’s a very important post, and one which we have been considering for a while now.

"We hope to attract the right sort of candidate and find someone who is going to make a difference.

“It will be a full-time position with a good salary and commission so there’s a great opportunity for the right person to make a difference.”

Whitehaven issued an appeal for financial support during the season and had £60,000 as the target.

In fact they raised just over that amount, although a further £30,000 pledged by the consortium trying to take over did not materialise when the bid fell through.

Whitehaven will have no more gate receipts coming in this season as all their remaining fixtures – one, two or three – will be played away from the Recreation Ground.

If they make the play-offs after tackling York at Bootham Crescent on Sunday, they will travel to Bradford Bull where victory would earn a trip to either Doncaster or Workington Town in the play-off final.

The only possible chance of another home fixture would be if they got to the play-off final and lost.

Their conquerors would be promoted as the second team going up and Haven would play the team which finished bottom of the Championship for another opportunity of promotion.

The venue for that game is being decided by the toss of a coin and, if Haven called correctly, they would host the second play-off final.

It’s clearly a very tough task for Carl Forster’s men but the supporters are backing them and have nearly filled two coaches for the trip to York on Sunday.