United are a 'zombie club' as Taylor takes helm

Hereford Times: Hereford United training at Victoria Park.
Physio Jonny Evans & Coach Jon Taylor (7106347) Hereford United training at Victoria Park. Physio Jonny Evans & Coach Jon Taylor (7106347)

LIFE-LONG supporter Martin Watson has described Hereford United as a ‘zombie club’ – after another traumatic week at Edgar Street.

Watson will be staying away from the club after 95% of Hereford United Supporters Trust (HUST) members voted in favour of a boycott of the Bulls.

A winding-up order against the club has been adjourned for three weeks to allow a CVA (Company Voluntary Arrangement) package to be drawn up.

Herefordshire Council says games cannot go ahead at Edgar Street because they are not satisfied the club can meet requirements of the safety certificate.

Gloucester City and Plymouth Argyle have cancelled pre-season friendlies against United.

And Herefordshire FA members are tonight (Thursday) expected to vote in favour of postponing United’s proposed HFA Senior Cup final at Westfields.

Advisor Joel Nathan revealed yesterday that Pegasus girls’ coach Neil Phelps would be United’s assistant to new manager Jon Taylor.

“I didn’t ever imagine that the club would be in this position six weeks ago,” said Watson, vice-chairman of HUST.

“It’s not the club I have been a supporter of for 30 years. Everybody we knew at the club has now left.

“This creation of Hereford United is not the club I love – it is a zombie club that continues to exist by some quirk of law.

“More than 400 of our members voted in favour of boycotting Hereford United until the owners of the club make good with the promises to pay the staff and players, meet all creditors, settle the debts owed to Herefordshire Council and settle all outstanding winding-up proceedings.”

This Saturday, United have arranged a friendly at Bolton outfit Eagley who play at the same level in the pyramid as Kington Town in West Midlands League Division Two.

Sports therapist Jonny Evans, who has not been paid for four months, and kit-man Roger Lloyd have both left United.

Nathan said: “Calling Hereford United a zombie club is a big statement - if Tommy Agombar walked away, the club would be in a much worse position.

“The club will remain full-time and aspirations for this year are to get promotion.

“The new manager has chosen Neil Phelps as his assistant and he will have a budget to work in.

Nathan, who is still the chief executive officer at Grays, confirmed that people acting as advisors to Agombar were not getting paid.

“We are not getting paid,” he said.

“We are not doing this for remuneration – we are doing this to help –and we will definitely not be creditors.”

He confirmed that Andy Lonsdale had now left Bedfont and ‘more than likely’ would be taking up a post at Hereford.

Nathan said stadium issue at Edgar Street would be sorted within two weeks and be fit for the start of season on August 9.

He added: “Football creditors will have to be paid before the start of the season – funds will be at the club by Friday and money will be in the accounts by Tuesday or Wednesday next week.”

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