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Friday, May 08, 2020

From The Archives - Conference Will Be Tough Says Keyte

For today's archive article BN looks back to May 2012. Hereford United had been relegated to the Conference the previous Saturday.

Conference will be tough for Hereford says Keyte

Hereford United chairman David Keyte has said that he knows it won't be easy to get back into League Two.

"It took the club nigh on ten years to get back last time, and everybody tells me the Conference is a tough league," said Keyte.

"But it is important to accept that Hereford, with the finances involved in football, are always going to be in the revolving door between League Two and the Conference most years.

"Football in League Two last season was probably far stronger in terms of bigger clubs than perhaps for a number of years.

"There is nothing between the bottom seven or eight teams in the League and the top seven or eight in the Conference.

"There are also bigger clubs in the Conference than Hereford United with their fan base, so it is going to be a tough League to get out of.

"From a spectators point of view it's probably not the end of the world, on paper there are some attractive games and we will be renewing some of our old links with the likes of Kidderminster Harriers, Forest Green and Newport County."

Keyte is at Edgar Street today. He faces the difficult task of telling various players and staff whether they will be required next season.

He is said to be hopeful that manager Richard O'Kelly will stay on with the club. Hopefully an annoucement one way or the other will be made at some stage this week.


I'm not a Quitter says Keyte

Hereford United chairman David Keyte has said that he will not quit as chairman of the club despite the poor performance on the pitch this season which will mean that the Bulls play in the Conference next season.

 He has also said that he expects a squad of around 17/18 players next season at Edgar Street as opposed to the 29 or so this season.

"I'm not a quitter and I don't plan to," Keyte told BBC Hereford and Worcester this morning.

"I think we saw that it was probably a minimum of five year job to try and turn the club.

"We've had some criticism for putting time and effort into off-field improvements which I think we are on-track with.

"Unfortunately the return on the pitch has been negligable in the last two years for a fair amount of investment. So we take our medicine at the moment.

"We're moving quickly (to cut our costs).

"The starting point being some £400K less funding in the Conference which drives the thinking.

"It's going to be a smaller squad of players probably some younger cheaper players hungry for personnel success and hopefully success for the club.

"We're certainly not going to have a squad of 29 players and 5 coaching staff.

"I would imagine we are looking at a squad of 17/18 players on an average wage that is less than where we have been in the last two seasons.

"And we need to get back to a manager and a coach and his physio."