We are not here to strip Hereford United's assets, claims Grays' chief executive officer Joel Nathan

We are not here to strip Hereford United's assets, claims Grays' chief executive officer Joel Nathan

We are not here to strip Hereford United's assets, claims Grays' chief executive officer Joel Nathan

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HEREFORD United’s new regime have no plans to move the club to another site, insists advisor Joel Nathan.

He also claims advisors helping new owner Tommy Agombar at United are not being paid - and will not become creditors.

“Tommy Agombar bought a club for £2 and with horrendous debts which had been brought by people who had run the club,” said Nathan.

“There are no assets here. What are the assets? This is not about stripping any assets.

“There is a need to consolidate and work a way through the debts.

“The club will be remaining at Edgar Street.

“There’s so much bad blood and that was due to some silly statements made early on.”

Nathan defended the club’s decision to appoint former Banbury assistant manager Jon Taylor as United’s new boss with Pegasus girls’ coach Neil Phelps as his assistant.

Consultant Mark Ellis previously told the Hereford Times that the manager’s role was ‘perhaps too big a job’ for fans’ favourite Pete Beadle.

“We had Julian Dicks at Grays and a big name does not always work out,” said Nathan.

“You need knowledge in this league and Jon Taylor knows football at this level.

“Neil has been working at the club and Jon has chosen Neil as his assistant.”

“You are in a decent step of football and, in two years, the club could be back in the Conference Premier.

“We need to consolidate and put together a proper business model going forward."

Nathan confirmed that fellow advisor Andy Lonsdale had now left Bedfont and would ‘more than likely’ be joining the Bulls.

“I am still the chief executive officer at Grays," said Nathan.

“If everything works out I will be joining Hereford. But I need clarity on a few things. I have been offered a role at the club.”

Nathan said Hereford United’s stadium should be open to the public in two weeks.

“We will be advertising for a safety officer on a permanent basis,” he said.

Nathan confirmed that a fans’ forum with owner Agombar would take place before the start of the new season.

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2:40pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Whatabouttheleases? says...

1. Leases are assets.
2. We were 2 divisions higher before Agmobar took over. Why was this allowed to happen?
3. Pete Beadle has a lot of experience at this level and brought through great youth prospects that have now been squandered.
4. What is Londsale's role?
5. Can we get promoted if a CVA is in place and there are still outstanding debts?
6. Why when has been repeatedly stated by Agombar, Londsale and Nathen haven't creditors not been paid, including a lady who has not had statutory maternity pay?
1. Leases are assets. 2. We were 2 divisions higher before Agmobar took over. Why was this allowed to happen? 3. Pete Beadle has a lot of experience at this level and brought through great youth prospects that have now been squandered. 4. What is Londsale's role? 5. Can we get promoted if a CVA is in place and there are still outstanding debts? 6. Why when has been repeatedly stated by Agombar, Londsale and Nathen haven't creditors not been paid, including a lady who has not had statutory maternity pay? Whatabouttheleases?
  • Score: 16

4:15pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Whatabouttheleases? says...

7. What is Nathan's role?
8. Is Ellis getting paid as an advisor or consultant to the club?
9. On "silly statements". Nathan and Lonsdale went onto a fans forum and got banned for not answering questions. At the same time they called fans "idiots" and "fools". Is this how representatives of the club intend to act going fowards?
10. Will Agombar actually have a fans forum this time. Last time he indicated he would have one he backed out.
11. How much has Agombar put into the club other than 2 pounds?
12. Agombar stated that after he took over he found out that debts were actually 4 times what he originally thought. Did he not do proper due dilligence?
7. What is Nathan's role? 8. Is Ellis getting paid as an advisor or consultant to the club? 9. On "silly statements". Nathan and Lonsdale went onto a fans forum and got banned for not answering questions. At the same time they called fans "idiots" and "fools". Is this how representatives of the club intend to act going fowards? 10. Will Agombar actually have a fans forum this time. Last time he indicated he would have one he backed out. 11. How much has Agombar put into the club other than 2 pounds? 12. Agombar stated that after he took over he found out that debts were actually 4 times what he originally thought. Did he not do proper due dilligence? Whatabouttheleases?
  • Score: 7

5:21pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Mr Tea says...

Is this the same Joel Nathan that has links to the West Ham United hooligan element?
Is this the same Joel Nathan that has links to the West Ham United hooligan element? Mr Tea
  • Score: 7

7:29pm Thu 10 Jul 14

A.Non01 says...

Joel Nathan is an idiot of the highest order. He keeps talking about the fans needing to get behind the club but every time he opens his mouth he seems to alienate them further.

He claimed yesterday on the Grays forum that he had personally met about 60 supportive Hereford fans and there was only an element of "around 20 Essex hating bullies" opposing them. It's strange that he chose to say that at almost exactly the same time as HUST were announcing that a whopping 95% of their members had voted in favour of boycotting the club!

Pull the other one Joel, it's got bells on it!
Joel Nathan is an idiot of the highest order. He keeps talking about the fans needing to get behind the club but every time he opens his mouth he seems to alienate them further. He claimed yesterday on the Grays forum that he had personally met about 60 supportive Hereford fans and there was only an element of "around 20 Essex hating bullies" opposing them. It's strange that he chose to say that at almost exactly the same time as HUST were announcing that a whopping 95% of their members had voted in favour of boycotting the club! Pull the other one Joel, it's got bells on it! A.Non01
  • Score: 2

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