Video: New Hereford United owner opens up to fans

Hereford Times: Tommy Agmobar pictured being confronted by angry Hereford supporters outside Brockington. Tommy Agmobar pictured being confronted by angry Hereford supporters outside Brockington.

HEREFORD United's new owner was met with a barrage of questions from angry fans as he turned up for a crunch meeting with the council today over the ground's leases.

Supporters had been due to meet him tonight at a fans' forum.

Hereford United claimed that the forum was cancelled due to an "unavoidable pre-arranged commitment".

But, the club's owner Tommy Agombar admitted that he called off because "everybody would be going crazy."

"Why should I go into a fans' forum?", he asked.

"I don't need that.

 

"But, if anybody wants to come and see me, they can do."

Agombar, who admitted that he "hasn't got clarity" about what is going to happen to United, said that he has not come to Hereford "to earn a pound note."

"My businesses are in London," said Agombar.

"I could have bought any club near me, but I didn't need to because Hereford is a lovely club.

"I had a three year plan to take us into the league.

"The reason we are not in the Conference is because they wanted £350,000 in their bank account and I refused.

"When I came to the club, they said to me they needed £300,000.

"Since, I have been down here, it is £1.3million."

Agombar claimed that all the adminstrative staff have been paid and David Keyte is no longer involved in the club.

However, he said that the crisis engulfing the Bulls is "not his mess."

"I didn't know about leases - all I did was come come to save the club," said Agombar.

"All money is coming out of the woodwork - I didn't know we owed the council until the fourth week.

"I'm not going to blow my own trumpet because I don't need to, but this club was going to be gone.

"I am not an endless pit - I am not Roman Abramovich."

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9:50pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Paul2422 says...

Is Mr Agombar the only director at HUFC. Where does his money come from?
Is he asking the Council to change the ground leases name to his Company instead of Hereford United.
If so why?
Is Mr Agombar the only director at HUFC. Where does his money come from? Is he asking the Council to change the ground leases name to his Company instead of Hereford United. If so why? Paul2422
  • Score: 3

11:58pm Mon 16 Jun 14

roger3589 says...

I have been a Hereford United (Bulls) fan since the 1950's. To be very honest I have not seen many games over the last three years. Why? Because they have been ATROCIOUS! Poor teams with poor managers including this year. Judge the performance over the season not the last six games! Attendances dropped to 1200 didn't they, why did the fans stay away, it was because the games were pitiful. At last it sounds that Keyte has gone, BUT has he taken our money with him. How much does the club owe him? I bet he's had all his money back and more. Where has all the money gone. Has there been criminal activity and is the long arm of the law on Keyte's case, I hope so. Mr. Agombar has made a terrible start and it is right that fans are sceptical because of his association with Keyte but AT LAST he is beginning to make the right noises. He MUST meet with fans but fans must listen to him, give him a chance. I can understand any one not wanting to meet with a hostile crowd and take all kinds of abuse. Ask yourself, would you. I live 120 miles NORTH of Hereford and I was considering buying a season ticket this year even though I wouldn't attend every game. BUT I WAS NOT WILLING TO GIVE MY MONEY TO KEYTE. I may be now he's gone. If you love this club you have got to give the new man a chance. If the club folds there is no football at all, is that what we really want. If he does what he has just said he is going to do and all the bills are paid then we have got to give him a chance. Another thing, would you pay Martin Foyle £143,000. How long was his contract, what salary was he on - £8,000 a month, surely not. I suspect Keyte's hand again. That man must surely be investigated by the law. I look forward to some good news over the next week or so, PLEASE.
I have been a Hereford United (Bulls) fan since the 1950's. To be very honest I have not seen many games over the last three years. Why? Because they have been ATROCIOUS! Poor teams with poor managers including this year. Judge the performance over the season not the last six games! Attendances dropped to 1200 didn't they, why did the fans stay away, it was because the games were pitiful. At last it sounds that Keyte has gone, BUT has he taken our money with him. How much does the club owe him? I bet he's had all his money back and more. Where has all the money gone. Has there been criminal activity and is the long arm of the law on Keyte's case, I hope so. Mr. Agombar has made a terrible start and it is right that fans are sceptical because of his association with Keyte but AT LAST he is beginning to make the right noises. He MUST meet with fans but fans must listen to him, give him a chance. I can understand any one not wanting to meet with a hostile crowd and take all kinds of abuse. Ask yourself, would you. I live 120 miles NORTH of Hereford and I was considering buying a season ticket this year even though I wouldn't attend every game. BUT I WAS NOT WILLING TO GIVE MY MONEY TO KEYTE. I may be now he's gone. If you love this club you have got to give the new man a chance. If the club folds there is no football at all, is that what we really want. If he does what he has just said he is going to do and all the bills are paid then we have got to give him a chance. Another thing, would you pay Martin Foyle £143,000. How long was his contract, what salary was he on - £8,000 a month, surely not. I suspect Keyte's hand again. That man must surely be investigated by the law. I look forward to some good news over the next week or so, PLEASE. roger3589
  • Score: 8

6:31am Tue 17 Jun 14

B the B says...

It would have been good had they let him answer the questions.
It would have been good had they let him answer the questions. B the B
  • Score: 9

10:34am Tue 17 Jun 14

mizza21 says...

Once he starts talking you see a bit of Sympathy developing for him.

Hereford fans are angry and the lack of communication has made this worse.

Sounds to me like he may have been shafted by Keyte. Well done Keyte, one final kick in the nuts on the way out.
I reckon Agombar could win over the fans if he did the right things.
He's got to start communicating and most importantly looking after the people at the club who matter.
It just looks so bad that he is looking at the leases on the ground at the same time as not paying the bills and not talking to anyone.

Alright, he aint good in front of the camera, but he doesn't come across that badly. Keyte always looked slimy and evasive.
Once Agombar started talking at least he seemed believable.

Of course, it's only his actions and time that will tell whether he is to be believed.
Once he starts talking you see a bit of Sympathy developing for him. Hereford fans are angry and the lack of communication has made this worse. Sounds to me like he may have been shafted by Keyte. Well done Keyte, one final kick in the nuts on the way out. I reckon Agombar could win over the fans if he did the right things. He's got to start communicating and most importantly looking after the people at the club who matter. It just looks so bad that he is looking at the leases on the ground at the same time as not paying the bills and not talking to anyone. Alright, he aint good in front of the camera, but he doesn't come across that badly. Keyte always looked slimy and evasive. Once Agombar started talking at least he seemed believable. Of course, it's only his actions and time that will tell whether he is to be believed. mizza21
  • Score: 8

11:14am Tue 17 Jun 14

B the B says...

He has got off on the wrong foot and it will take a bit of effort to win the fans over, but not impossible. He needs to be open with the fans and at the end of the day (good footballing term) he was sold the club by the board, it was the board that decided his offer was the best on offer and it was the board that decided not to sell to the trust
He is the chairman now and perhaps if he didn't come in HUFC would have gone forever, I don't know, but the fans will make the difference to either success or failure.
He has got off on the wrong foot and it will take a bit of effort to win the fans over, but not impossible. He needs to be open with the fans and at the end of the day (good footballing term) he was sold the club by the board, it was the board that decided his offer was the best on offer and it was the board that decided not to sell to the trust He is the chairman now and perhaps if he didn't come in HUFC would have gone forever, I don't know, but the fans will make the difference to either success or failure. B the B
  • Score: 3

12:55pm Tue 17 Jun 14

billyb83 says...

Well I think we should give tommy a break. He's come into a club what david keyte ruined and is trying to pick up the pieces. End of the day we still got a club whether it be in conference or southern league. Can't blame him for the mess 1.3 million is a lot of money just to hand out. Should be thanking tommy not giving him hassle.
Well I think we should give tommy a break. He's come into a club what david keyte ruined and is trying to pick up the pieces. End of the day we still got a club whether it be in conference or southern league. Can't blame him for the mess 1.3 million is a lot of money just to hand out. Should be thanking tommy not giving him hassle. billyb83
  • Score: 2

1:38pm Tue 17 Jun 14

mizza21 says...

Lets not get carried away.
He has been a very naughty boy in the past. But let us not judge him on that.
People change.

He's still not earned any trust from me.

AFAIK he hasn't paid any moneys to anyone and the team is a bunch of kids we know nothing about and the pre-season is a mess and we are in the southern league and we owe loads of money to various people and he wants the leases signed over to a holding company under his control.
I don't trust him right now.
I'll know in a month if he can ever be trusted.
Lets not get carried away. He has been a very naughty boy in the past. But let us not judge him on that. People change. He's still not earned any trust from me. AFAIK he hasn't paid any moneys to anyone and the team is a bunch of kids we know nothing about and the pre-season is a mess and we are in the southern league and we owe loads of money to various people and he wants the leases signed over to a holding company under his control. I don't trust him right now. I'll know in a month if he can ever be trusted. mizza21
  • Score: 1

4:45pm Tue 17 Jun 14

bernielb says...

A good business man would have researched what he was getting into, before putting his hand in his pocket.
A good business man would have researched what he was getting into, before putting his hand in his pocket. bernielb
  • Score: 1

4:54pm Fri 20 Jun 14

NealR2000 says...

The criticism aimed at Dave Keyte is complete nonsense. The man clearly has a life-long history as a Herefordian, a sportsman, and a genuine love of the Club. If anything, I think Dave was duped regarding the financial dire straits of the Club when he took it on. His stewardship has been very well publicized regarding his ongoing attempts to keep the Club afloat, battling dwindling income and an expectant payroll. The Club appears to have been virtually bankrupt from the day he took over and through sheer tenacity, he managed to keep the lights on for as long as he did. Football is a business, be it Manchester United or Hereford United. Modern TV coverage has created a culture where small provincial clubs have almost no viable chance of financially succeeding. By all means get behind the new owner, but I simply don't accept the inevitable frustrations of the Club's current predicament being squared at Dave Keyte.
The criticism aimed at Dave Keyte is complete nonsense. The man clearly has a life-long history as a Herefordian, a sportsman, and a genuine love of the Club. If anything, I think Dave was duped regarding the financial dire straits of the Club when he took it on. His stewardship has been very well publicized regarding his ongoing attempts to keep the Club afloat, battling dwindling income and an expectant payroll. The Club appears to have been virtually bankrupt from the day he took over and through sheer tenacity, he managed to keep the lights on for as long as he did. Football is a business, be it Manchester United or Hereford United. Modern TV coverage has created a culture where small provincial clubs have almost no viable chance of financially succeeding. By all means get behind the new owner, but I simply don't accept the inevitable frustrations of the Club's current predicament being squared at Dave Keyte. NealR2000
  • Score: -1

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