Bar Sport, the Midlands-based chain of sports bars led by Scott Murray, has reportedly entered administration. The group, which operates venues in Cannock, Loughborough, Rugby and Walsall and recently launched a franchise programme, called in administrators from Butcher Woods, a corporate recovery specialist based in Birmingham, late last week. Murray told the Wolverhampton Express & Star newspaper: “We are in administration, but we are not closing. It’s mainly to do with our massive expansion plans. “We probably timed it wrong with the current credit crunch. We’ve spent over £4m over the past 18 months but it just hasn’t worked out for us.” Murray said that he was confident that the business would emerge from the process. He said: “We are looking at a number of different options now as to how to move forward.” The first Bar Sport opened in 1998 in Cannock, followed in 2001 with a venue in Walsall. The company then opened in Rugby and most recently in Loughborough. Murray said it had been hit by England’s failure to qualify for the Euro 2008 football tournament this summer. Bar Sport employs about 100 people. It recently unveiled plans to open up to 100 outlets through franchise partnerships, including in overseas holiday destinations such as Cyprus, Gibraltar and Spain.