No pay for Harriers as deal collapses

First published in Sport Worcester News: Photograph of the Author by ,

KIDDERMINSTER Harriers head into tomorrow’s Blue Square Bet Premier clash with Bath City unsure of when their players will re-ceive their pay for January.

The Aggborough staff and players were due to receive their wages on Monday, but club officials told them their money would hopefully be with them today.

However, Stratford-based businessman Chris Swan withdrew his offer to buy the club.

That has left Harriers in limbo and vice-chairman Wayne Allen and director Keith Chandler will now meet with legal and financial advisors before deciding on their next move.

“I feel so sorry for the management, the players and the staff,” Chandler said. “Had the takeover gone through then they would have been paid. Now we have to see what our legal and financial obligations are.

“The easiest thing in the world for Wayne and myself would be to walk away — but I’m a Harriers supporter and I will do my best for the club.”

The Pershore-based architect believes Harriers require £150,000 to see them safely through to the end of the season. However, Chandler refused to rule out the possibility of the club going into administration with a winding-up petition from HM Revenue and Customs to be heard on February 23.

“Administration has been an option since former chairman Barry Norgrove disclosed part of the financial position on October 28, 2010,” Chandler said.

“Now we will have a meet-ing to see what we do next.

“It’s extremely disappointing the takeover hasn’t happened. We spent a lot of time and effort as a group trying to facilitate it.”

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