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Two more staff leave crisis club Bulls
Updated 4:53pm Tuesday 15th July 2014 in Sport
NON-executive director Bob Pritchard and his son Ian have become the latest to quit crisis club Hereford United.
Bob Pritchard, on the board for 18 months, opposed the take-over by new owner Tommy Agombar, while club groundsman Ian and his company Mowtech are owed £18,000.
The pair are the latest personnel to walk away from Edgar Street.
Club secretary Lee Symonds left after 17 years’ service earlier this month, while the Bulls’ media team, photographer and office workers have also quit.
Bob Pritchard was responsible for training ground leases, telecom leases, ground maintenance programme and service contracts.
He said: “I had many concerns about the take-over and I feel let down that I was not involved in any of the discussion with the new investors during the negotiations. Although I did make many comments to informal information that I received from David Keyte (former chairman).
“Dave Preedy (former director) and I were against any sale to new investors that did not result in the new investor paying the £300,000 suggested by Keyte and the board that was required to clear current creditors, which included players, staff, managers, youth team, community trust staff, local suppliers, the groundsman and HMRC.
“Clearly that did not happen and we now have a situation where the new investors do not want to pay this amount.”
Ian, groundsman for the past three years, has not been paid for works carried out during June. He said: “I decided enough was enough. I stopped doing anything and maybe should have done that during Keyte’s reign.
“But I was loyal to the club and fans and kept going until the end of the season. I received my agreed weekly payments for July to November 2013 then the cash crisis came and I was paid lesser amounts, leaving me £18,000 outstanding.
“Keyte promised me that I would get my money immediately when a new investor bought into the club.
“Fool me to believe this.”