Keyte: We all need to pull together for the final dozen crucial matches

David Keyte is calling on everyone to pull together for the final dozen matches of the season.

David Keyte is calling on everyone to pull together for the final dozen matches of the season.

First published in Sport

HEREFORD United chairman David Keyte is looking to the club to pull together as the Bulls enter their final crucial dozen games.

"We're going into a mini-season of 12 matches," said the Bulls supremo.

"And the word seems to be that we need 10 points to avoid relegation.

"It is time for all of us to roll our sleeves up and work together.

"We had a meeting with the players last week and they confirmed that they are up for the battle and will be working hard for the club."

At the meeting with the players and management, Keyte and non-executive director Colin Addison told staff that their contracts would be honoured.

"The player will be paid what they are due under the terms of their contract although, in the current financial circumstances, I cannot promise them that they will be paid 'on the button'," said Keyte.

The chairman confirmed that, as of last Friday's pay day, staff had again been paid a proportion of their wages.

"We have asked anyone who is facing difficulties to come and talk to us, but we do have three home games in March and we will hope to get some decent crowds which should help us start to catch up," he said.

He acknowledged, however, that the previous Tuesday's game with Macclesfield, when a crowd of just 1,013 watched the match, had not helped the situation greatly.

"That meant that we were only able to bank £2,000 from that match," he said. "That was a lot less if we had been able to play the game on February 8 when it was postponed because of the bad weather.

"Nobody is happy about the current financial situation and it certainly is not an easy message to deliver or receive when talking about personal finance.

"Neither the current players nor management were responsible for the club’s relegation in 2012, so it was encouraging to hear the players and management reiterate their commitment to the remaining battle ahead of us all this season.

“We shouldn’t forget that last month the players performed at a level that won the manager the monthly award and are more than capable of doing that again.

"Colin Addison expressed his personal view that this group of players will see us through and I certainly agree with that.

"We want the supporters to get behind the players, as they were last month, to help them through the coming weeks.”

Keyte said that there had been no new interest from developers but confirmed that Eurocam, who sponsor the Edgar Street dug-outs, had already renewed their sponsorship deal.

The club have also rearranged their annual meeting, which was postponed from February 26, to Monday, March 17 at the Starlite Rooms.

"Since September, we have around 200 new shareholders so it is important that everyone has an opportunity to attend," said Keyte.

"It will be an important meeting for making decisions about the future of the club."

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