WORCESTER City have reached “critical point” and need everyone to “put their differences aside” to keep the cash-strapped club alive.

That was the message from outgoing boss Carl Heeley who has pleaded with City’s disillusioned supporters and under-fire directors to be “constructive” together “before it is too late”.

Heeley spent seven years as manager of the Vanarama National League North outfit who have been in exile since 2013 with assistant John Snape and player Danny Jackman now in caretaker charge after his exit.

However, the 48-year-old revealed the “internal politics” with “people pulling in different directions” was one of the reasons why he stepped down at the weekend as he feared it was “tearing the club apart”.

“I would like to urge everybody associated with the club to be constructive together and maybe put their differences aside before it is too late,” Heeley said.

With money running out and no plan for the future on the table, Worcester City Supporters’ Trust launched a bid in the summer to turn the sixth-tier side into a Community Benefit Society (CBS).

They said the move would help the club raise capital to build their proposed 4,419-capacity stadium at Perdiswell Park.

However, their bid was scuppered following an unsuccessful shareholders’ vote in July which sparked calls for chairman Anthony Hampson to resign.

It also led the trust to pledge to work on “parallel tracks” to the club so they could be ready to “pick up the pieces” if they went out of business.

However, Heeley, who was on the board for a short period last year, insisted it was important they found a “common ground” and urged them to “stop pointing fingers”.

“We can’t have people pulling in different directions,” he said.

“You have got to find a common ground and all look at what you can do because there is a lot of bitterness, animosity and internal politics.

“And that’s one of the reasons why I stepped down.

“They have to come together. The most important thing here and why we all do it is because of the football club.

“But it is tearing the club apart.

“No individuals are to blame but people need to stop pointing fingers at individuals and saying, ‘It is your fault’.

“People need to start pulling in the right direction and forget about personal and collective agendas because the only agenda is the survival of the club.”

Heeley also praised the work of Hampson who has been City’s chairman since 2008 and urged people to come forward to help the club.

“Anthony is a lovely man, he’s genuine and wants to do his best,” said Heeley who took over as manager in 2010 when City were still at St George’s Lane.

“He picked up a difficult situation but Worcester City’s predicament started in the 1980s and it has gradually got worse and worse.

“It is at a critical point now where if people want them to survive then you have all got to step forward and do your bit.

“Help and don’t be critical of people.

“The first question you need to ask yourself is what have I done and more importantly what can I do now because everybody’s help is needed.”