Hereford United majority shareholder Tommy Agombar will be leaving the club

Saturday’s introduction at Edgar Street was Tommy Agmobar’s “official introduction and his official goodbye”.

Saturday’s introduction at Edgar Street was Tommy Agmobar’s “official introduction and his official goodbye”.

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HEREFORD United majority shareholder Tommy Agombar is having to walk away from the club – after just one competitive match at the helm.

United directors John Edwards and Elke Thuerlings confirmed that Agombar has not passed the FA owners and directors test for football club ownership.

In a statement, Edwards said Saturday’s introduction at Edgar Street was Agmobar’s “official introduction and his official goodbye”.

Agombar is expected to be at United’s home match tonight against Slough Town in the Southern League Premier Division.

Chairman Andy Lonsdale told the Hereford Times that tonight's match will go ahead as planned and the latest developments would not affect the club.

Agombar is understood to be trying to sell United to a new investor and Lonsdale said the football side of the club would remain unchanged.

Hereford MP Jesse Norman said: "I have been pressing the Football Association, the Southern League and the Insolvency Practitioner to release the results of its Owners and Directors 'fit and proper' test for some time.

"This announcement by the club today that Mr Agombar 'has been told by the FA that he must have nothing more to do with Hereford United' strongly suggests that he has failed the FA's test.

"Potentially this is very encouraging news for all the fans who want to see the club reconstructed and good football stay at Edgar Street.

"But I would urge caution until the full situation at Hereford United becomes clear."

United director Edwards said: “When we became directors of Hereford United Football Club (1939) Ltd we thought we were just helping a friend, Mark Ellis, who knew someone that had bought shares in a football club and needed people to help turn it around financially.

“He was about to pay off a lot of the debts, and that would show everyone how serious he was.

“Tommy Agombar described himself as ‘a football man’ (and he really is) who wanted to own a team.

“He is not a man into detail, but surrounds himself with people to deal with detail and the day to day matters and this was seen at the football club.

“He made promises that were ultimately not kept, but a lot of those were outside of his control.

“He took on a far worse financial position than he had been told, and at a time when he thought he would have to pay approximately £300,000, he found the debts were significantly more; he would now have to deal with the previous regime’s financial errors and he was being hounded and called every name under the sun. “

“After he had introduced almost £250,000 of his own and his companies’ money into the club, and taken on responsibility for a similar amount he was told by the FA that he must have nothing more to do with Hereford United.

“He must not carry on supporting it financially, as was the plan with the Company Voluntary Arrangement, he is only allowed to own a few shares, and he is trying to get some money back by selling the debts, but they are pretty much worthless, perhaps you fans will help Tommy.

“He was determined that the Bulls would start the season with him as the ‘owner’ (well, 55% owner), and for that he has possibly paid £2750 per minute of the game on Saturday.

“As well as his official introduction it was also his official goodbye.

"Elke and I will buy him a season ticket next week so he can scream and shout advice from the stands at Jon Taylor and Neil Phelps; just like the rest of us.”

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3:38pm Tue 12 Aug 14

B the B says...

And the saga goes on. Well the fans can buy it now
And the saga goes on. Well the fans can buy it now B the B
  • Score: 15

3:56pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Cendrick Smemt says...

If only Keyte had sold it to the fans in the first place. What a different place the club would be in now: sponsors, supporters, a higher league, etc. I wonder what he got out of it.
If only Keyte had sold it to the fans in the first place. What a different place the club would be in now: sponsors, supporters, a higher league, etc. I wonder what he got out of it. Cendrick Smemt
  • Score: 35

5:01pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Herefordian says...

A bigger mess than all the seagull crap around town
A bigger mess than all the seagull crap around town Herefordian
  • Score: 19

5:51pm Tue 12 Aug 14

ianperkins69 says...

Until I see him belting down the M50 away from Hereford, I shall treat this news from Edgar St with the same amount of salt as all the rest.
Until I see him belting down the M50 away from Hereford, I shall treat this news from Edgar St with the same amount of salt as all the rest. ianperkins69
  • Score: 16

7:19pm Tue 12 Aug 14

redyoll says...

Lets hope that HC have sorted out the leases before Thursday when the CVA is supposed to be put in place. If they haven't there will be more court time amounting to yet more costs that the Council will liable for.
Lets hope that HC have sorted out the leases before Thursday when the CVA is supposed to be put in place. If they haven't there will be more court time amounting to yet more costs that the Council will liable for. redyoll
  • Score: 8

11:18pm Tue 12 Aug 14

jasper j says...

he has done what he saidhe would do, put a team on the pitch for the start of the season. David keyte is the person to blame for the mess hufc is in. i hope the fans go back, i have been to the games and the club has players who are trying to play good football and want to play for hereford
he has done what he saidhe would do, put a team on the pitch for the start of the season. David keyte is the person to blame for the mess hufc is in. i hope the fans go back, i have been to the games and the club has players who are trying to play good football and want to play for hereford jasper j
  • Score: 11

8:30am Wed 13 Aug 14

Brownface60 says...

The HT has regularly quoted 2 of Tommy's "advisors", who obviously know him and his background well. Should they not have advised him that basic investigations would have put him in the position where he now finds himself?
If they did not, they were not very good "advisors", and so must be very unreliable. And one of them who had been called an "advisor" is now Chairman!
The HT has regularly quoted 2 of Tommy's "advisors", who obviously know him and his background well. Should they not have advised him that basic investigations would have put him in the position where he now finds himself? If they did not, they were not very good "advisors", and so must be very unreliable. And one of them who had been called an "advisor" is now Chairman! Brownface60
  • Score: 6

9:29am Wed 13 Aug 14

Voice fo reason says...

Be interesting to see whether all of the fans begging for his blood will now step up and buy the club which is in a far better financial situation than 6 months ago! Wouldn't it be a shame if they cannot come up with the money after months of dismissing the new management who ultimately have just lost 100's of thousands of pounds trying to save HEREFORD's Football Club.
Be interesting to see whether all of the fans begging for his blood will now step up and buy the club which is in a far better financial situation than 6 months ago! Wouldn't it be a shame if they cannot come up with the money after months of dismissing the new management who ultimately have just lost 100's of thousands of pounds trying to save HEREFORD's Football Club. Voice fo reason
  • Score: 6

10:27am Wed 13 Aug 14

Cendrick Smemt says...

Spot on, Jasper. I went to the game last night and the boys (they're very young) obviously wanted to do well. Glad I went and hope more turn out next time for them.
Spot on, Jasper. I went to the game last night and the boys (they're very young) obviously wanted to do well. Glad I went and hope more turn out next time for them. Cendrick Smemt
  • Score: 3

11:03am Wed 13 Aug 14

poulry says...

jasper j wrote:
he has done what he saidhe would do, put a team on the pitch for the start of the season. David keyte is the person to blame for the mess hufc is in. i hope the fans go back, i have been to the games and the club has players who are trying to play good football and want to play for hereford
Well. Jasper I'd suggest that Adolf Hitler could put a team out for Hereford if he was around, just a pity some deluded people are not showing enough backbone and staying away from the Club. Wakey,Wakey, have you read Club historian and supporter of 55 years Ron Parrots article on Bulls News? When someone of his ilk is staying away and asks for a war of attrition you know something is not right.
[quote][p][bold]jasper j[/bold] wrote: he has done what he saidhe would do, put a team on the pitch for the start of the season. David keyte is the person to blame for the mess hufc is in. i hope the fans go back, i have been to the games and the club has players who are trying to play good football and want to play for hereford[/p][/quote]Well. Jasper I'd suggest that Adolf Hitler could put a team out for Hereford if he was around, just a pity some deluded people are not showing enough backbone and staying away from the Club. Wakey,Wakey, have you read Club historian and supporter of 55 years Ron Parrots article on Bulls News? When someone of his ilk is staying away and asks for a war of attrition you know something is not right. poulry
  • Score: -3

11:06am Wed 13 Aug 14

poulry says...

Cendrick Smemt wrote:
Spot on, Jasper. I went to the game last night and the boys (they're very young) obviously wanted to do well. Glad I went and hope more turn out next time for them.
No we don't. It's just more money in the pockets of these clowns. Remember you're watching southern League football thanks to them. Must be great feeling handing over £10 to people who have abused staff both verbally and financially. Sometimes you have to take the moral high ground for the greater good.keep away.
[quote][p][bold]Cendrick Smemt[/bold] wrote: Spot on, Jasper. I went to the game last night and the boys (they're very young) obviously wanted to do well. Glad I went and hope more turn out next time for them.[/p][/quote]No we don't. It's just more money in the pockets of these clowns. Remember you're watching southern League football thanks to them. Must be great feeling handing over £10 to people who have abused staff both verbally and financially. Sometimes you have to take the moral high ground for the greater good.keep away. poulry
  • Score: -2

11:34am Wed 13 Aug 14

poulry says...

B the B wrote:
And the saga goes on. Well the fans can buy it now
And how do you suppose they can do that with the club having £1.3 m In Debts? That's why the current tyrant has gone down the cva route. Best that can happen now is for the hufc 1938 to be liquidated and for the community to get behind a new club.
[quote][p][bold]B the B[/bold] wrote: And the saga goes on. Well the fans can buy it now[/p][/quote]And how do you suppose they can do that with the club having £1.3 m In Debts? That's why the current tyrant has gone down the cva route. Best that can happen now is for the hufc 1938 to be liquidated and for the community to get behind a new club. poulry
  • Score: -3

1:08pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Cendrick Smemt says...

There have clearly been mistakes on both sides. Yes, the current regime (and the previous one) have been uncommunicative and dishonest. But the bluster of HUST has put off sponsors and now moderate people like me (who were actually on the side of HUST) are now fed up with the negativity. A softly-softly approach would have been far better for everyone.
There have clearly been mistakes on both sides. Yes, the current regime (and the previous one) have been uncommunicative and dishonest. But the bluster of HUST has put off sponsors and now moderate people like me (who were actually on the side of HUST) are now fed up with the negativity. A softly-softly approach would have been far better for everyone. Cendrick Smemt
  • Score: 6

1:27pm Wed 13 Aug 14

poulry says...

Cendrick Smemt wrote:
There have clearly been mistakes on both sides. Yes, the current regime (and the previous one) have been uncommunicative and dishonest. But the bluster of HUST has put off sponsors and now moderate people like me (who were actually on the side of HUST) are now fed up with the negativity. A softly-softly approach would have been far better for everyone.
The 'bluster of HUST' put off sponsors.?!!!!Rubbis
h it's the criminality record and dishonesty shown since taking over the Club by the new regime you fool.No-one is fed up of HUST because they have the interests of both club and community at the heart. You'll have to do better than that. Keep trying!!!
[quote][p][bold]Cendrick Smemt[/bold] wrote: There have clearly been mistakes on both sides. Yes, the current regime (and the previous one) have been uncommunicative and dishonest. But the bluster of HUST has put off sponsors and now moderate people like me (who were actually on the side of HUST) are now fed up with the negativity. A softly-softly approach would have been far better for everyone.[/p][/quote]The 'bluster of HUST' put off sponsors.?!!!!Rubbis h it's the criminality record and dishonesty shown since taking over the Club by the new regime you fool.No-one is fed up of HUST because they have the interests of both club and community at the heart. You'll have to do better than that. Keep trying!!! poulry
  • Score: -9

2:13pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Cendrick Smemt says...

Both the regime and the Supporter's Trust have put off sponsors. This is clearly the case or sponsors would have pulled the plug at the change of hands. They didn't, they only pulled the plug when things became vitriolic between the two sides.

"'No-one is fed up of HUST" - well, clearly they are! I was on their side, but am now tired of it all. And I'm not the only one. They moan and moan about the ownership, but then say that if they were in charge they would close the club. What kind of supporters trust does that?

Patronise and insult me as much as you like, but it only proves my point further.
Both the regime and the Supporter's Trust have put off sponsors. This is clearly the case or sponsors would have pulled the plug at the change of hands. They didn't, they only pulled the plug when things became vitriolic between the two sides. "'No-one is fed up of HUST" - well, clearly they are! I was on their side, but am now tired of it all. And I'm not the only one. They moan and moan about the ownership, but then say that if they were in charge they would close the club. What kind of supporters trust does that? Patronise and insult me as much as you like, but it only proves my point further. Cendrick Smemt
  • Score: 12

3:38pm Wed 13 Aug 14

B the B says...

Cendrick Smemt wrote:
Both the regime and the Supporter's Trust have put off sponsors. This is clearly the case or sponsors would have pulled the plug at the change of hands. They didn't, they only pulled the plug when things became vitriolic between the two sides.

"'No-one is fed up of HUST" - well, clearly they are! I was on their side, but am now tired of it all. And I'm not the only one. They moan and moan about the ownership, but then say that if they were in charge they would close the club. What kind of supporters trust does that?

Patronise and insult me as much as you like, but it only proves my point further.
I agree
[quote][p][bold]Cendrick Smemt[/bold] wrote: Both the regime and the Supporter's Trust have put off sponsors. This is clearly the case or sponsors would have pulled the plug at the change of hands. They didn't, they only pulled the plug when things became vitriolic between the two sides. "'No-one is fed up of HUST" - well, clearly they are! I was on their side, but am now tired of it all. And I'm not the only one. They moan and moan about the ownership, but then say that if they were in charge they would close the club. What kind of supporters trust does that? Patronise and insult me as much as you like, but it only proves my point further.[/p][/quote]I agree B the B
  • Score: 7

3:53pm Wed 13 Aug 14

Voice fo reason says...

poulry wrote:
Cendrick Smemt wrote:
There have clearly been mistakes on both sides. Yes, the current regime (and the previous one) have been uncommunicative and dishonest. But the bluster of HUST has put off sponsors and now moderate people like me (who were actually on the side of HUST) are now fed up with the negativity. A softly-softly approach would have been far better for everyone.
The 'bluster of HUST' put off sponsors.?!!!!Rubbis

h it's the criminality record and dishonesty shown since taking over the Club by the new regime you fool.No-one is fed up of HUST because they have the interests of both club and community at the heart. You'll have to do better than that. Keep trying!!!
How can you say this when they want to liquidate the club! Unfortunately the HUST have been pipping on about letting them buy the club and now they have the chance so time for them to stand up surely?
[quote][p][bold]poulry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cendrick Smemt[/bold] wrote: There have clearly been mistakes on both sides. Yes, the current regime (and the previous one) have been uncommunicative and dishonest. But the bluster of HUST has put off sponsors and now moderate people like me (who were actually on the side of HUST) are now fed up with the negativity. A softly-softly approach would have been far better for everyone.[/p][/quote]The 'bluster of HUST' put off sponsors.?!!!!Rubbis h it's the criminality record and dishonesty shown since taking over the Club by the new regime you fool.No-one is fed up of HUST because they have the interests of both club and community at the heart. You'll have to do better than that. Keep trying!!![/p][/quote]How can you say this when they want to liquidate the club! Unfortunately the HUST have been pipping on about letting them buy the club and now they have the chance so time for them to stand up surely? Voice fo reason
  • Score: 7

4:50pm Wed 13 Aug 14

jasper j says...

If hust have the money and they want the present management out why don't they buy his shares?

Yes I have read bulls news and the artical by ron parrots just like I have read articles all summer. I also stood next too someone who has been going to edgar street for 60 years, he just wants to support his local team. I know its southen league football but hereford still has a team.
If hust have the money and they want the present management out why don't they buy his shares? Yes I have read bulls news and the artical by ron parrots just like I have read articles all summer. I also stood next too someone who has been going to edgar street for 60 years, he just wants to support his local team. I know its southen league football but hereford still has a team. jasper j
  • Score: 11

5:04pm Wed 13 Aug 14

poulry says...

B the B wrote:
Cendrick Smemt wrote:
Both the regime and the Supporter's Trust have put off sponsors. This is clearly the case or sponsors would have pulled the plug at the change of hands. They didn't, they only pulled the plug when things became vitriolic between the two sides.

"'No-one is fed up of HUST" - well, clearly they are! I was on their side, but am now tired of it all. And I'm not the only one. They moan and moan about the ownership, but then say that if they were in charge they would close the club. What kind of supporters trust does that?

Patronise and insult me as much as you like, but it only proves my point further.
I agree
Those that lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.
[quote][p][bold]B the B[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cendrick Smemt[/bold] wrote: Both the regime and the Supporter's Trust have put off sponsors. This is clearly the case or sponsors would have pulled the plug at the change of hands. They didn't, they only pulled the plug when things became vitriolic between the two sides. "'No-one is fed up of HUST" - well, clearly they are! I was on their side, but am now tired of it all. And I'm not the only one. They moan and moan about the ownership, but then say that if they were in charge they would close the club. What kind of supporters trust does that? Patronise and insult me as much as you like, but it only proves my point further.[/p][/quote]I agree[/p][/quote]Those that lie down with dogs, get up with fleas. poulry
  • Score: -4

4:56am Thu 14 Aug 14

B the B says...

Poulry _ Not if your dog has been treated for fleas, I fear you have lost the plot
Poulry _ Not if your dog has been treated for fleas, I fear you have lost the plot B the B
  • Score: 1

1:04pm Thu 14 Aug 14

jd1950 says...

Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face, do you want football or not in Hereford?
As a previous entrant said, buy the club yourselves, what do you want some really rich person, to drop another million or so pounds down the drain?
Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face, do you want football or not in Hereford? As a previous entrant said, buy the club yourselves, what do you want some really rich person, to drop another million or so pounds down the drain? jd1950
  • Score: 5

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