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General manager Terry Emmett is latest victim of Hereford United cost-cutting
GENERAL manager Terry Emmett is the latest casualty of Hereford United’s cost-cutting measures.
Emmett has been a familiar face in United’s Starlite Rooms and follows director of football Gary Peters out of the Edgar Street door.
Chairman David Keyte revealed yesterday (Wednesday) that cash-strapped United, who travel to Lincoln on Saturday, must improve their ‘bottom line by £30,000 a month’.
United have failed to meet their PAYE payments to HMRC and are waiting to hear their off-the-field fate.
“We have had a series of meeting and are trying to improve our bottom line by £30,000 a month,” said Keyte.
“We feel there’s a simple split - with three ingredients - and one of those is internally.
“We have made a start internally, with the director of football leaving and now the general manager, Terry Emmett, has gone. We also want to increase our home crowd by 300 to 400 people and that would improve our gate money by around £8,000 to £9,000 per match.”
Keyte said the club still needed monthly donations of about £5,000 to £6,000.
“The donations from supporters have been tremendous but we are now without a Saturday home league game until December 29.
“If we had been at home this Saturday, we could well have had a home following of 2,000 and reached that break-even figure which I’ve been banging on about.
“The donations have slowed down but they remain hugely important to us and any donations will be gratefully received.”
Keyte confirmed that the players’ wages would be paid on time this month.
“We are confident we can pay the wages this month but we are in a position where we can’t make inroads into the PAYE and other bits.”
l Hereford United will travel to face 10-goal former marksman Nathan Elder (pictured) in the FA Trophy later this month.
United will meet Ebbsfleet in the first-round proper on Saturday, November 24.
Chairman David Keyte admitted it was a ‘poor draw in many ways’ for the Bulls.
“The players are having an overnight stay and there’s unlikely to be a big crowd,” said Keyte. “But it’s a chance to progress.”