After last night’s result the club finds itself in a very difficult position both on and off the pitch. David Keyte told BBC Hereford & Worcester that he remain in talks with potential investors, but time is fast running out for the club and it will become an increasingly unattractive prospect to outside investors if relegation is confirmed in the next seven days.
There have been several calls for HUST to make moves towards a potential takeover of the club, so this message is to ask all members – and, indeed, all fans of the club – whether they would be prepared to pledge money towards a Trust-led takeover of the club.
The financial position is bleak:
It will not have escaped your attention that the club has been advertising a new phone number over the past few weeks – because the main phonelines have been cut off due to unpaid bills.
Both the Electricity and Water supplies have been under threat, with the club having to pay sums to keep the power and water switched on in recent weeks.
The club was only able to travel by coach to Tamworth last night after HUISA stepped in with payment with Astons refusing further travel unless they are paid up front.
(HUST will be paying for the Aldershot coach due to the same circumstances)
In fact, most trade suppliers are treating the club under the same ‘cash up front’ terms due to unpaid bills.
Players have only just received February’s money – office staff remain unpaid for much of that month. And there’s little sign of March or April’s money being available.
HMRC will be shortly issuing a further winding-up petition against the club for the sum of £69,000. The club’s board expect that to be heard in the High Court by the end of May.
The club would face sanctions at the Conference AGM in early June if it fails to clear the backlog of wages and other football creditors – estimated to be around £150,000 – by that time.
The club, by it’s own admittance, needs £220,000 in seven weeks – and a further £300,000 to service existing debts next season.
HUST is seeking pledges of support towards making a bid to takeover the club. We would require a sizable six figure sum of pledges to be able to open serious discussions and perform due diligence on the club’s exact financial position and obligations.
With the Board of Directors having indicated on Monday that they will walk away, writing off their own loans to the club, for £1 in exchange for guaranteed investment, any bid would be on that basis and none of the pledged money would be put into the club before any deal was complete.
Should you wish to make a pledge, or wish to seek further information then please respond by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will also be available to discuss the matter in person before Monday’s game at our membership table in the VP Club foyer from 1pm.
Enjoy the game.