Further observations from the KHIST board
The joint KHFC / KHIST statement issued earlier today must be music to the ears of the many dedicated Harriers fans, who have increasingly expressed their growing concerns regarding the club’s financial situation. The Trust has endeavoured to keep our members and other Harriers supporters informed of developments throughout the season but, at times, has been constrained by issues of confidentiality. It’s so good, therefore, to have been able to confirm some really positive news – a massive step in the right direction giving us all good reasons for optimism.
It’s been no secret that these “financial challenges” were identified early in the season and, without the support of generous benefactors, it’s very probable that our proud football club may not have survived. It has been to the credit of Gary, Mark and the players, therefore, that, despite all the difficulties (not least a number of enforced changes to the squad) the team has actually secured a creditable position in the Conference Premier table.
The time for recriminations is over. The past is the past and we should all now look forward to a new era with genuine hope for the future.
Our two KHIST representatives on the KHFC board of directors were delighted to report on the results of yesterday’s discussions with the club’s major shareholders, as were all the members of the KHIST board, on receiving the news. Geoff Coles commented that he had just returned from a constructive and positive board meeting, with much discussion and agreement “for the benefit of the club” and a commitment “to engage with the supporters”. Dave Williams added “this is fantastic news to all connected to Kidderminster Harriers Football Club. However, we must finally draw a line under a truly miserable past 18 months, regroup and all move forward together”.
That the directors and major shareholders have been able to agree to meet the club’s financial obligations until the end of the season is fantastic news. It now means that we can all purchase our 2015/16 season tickets, in confidence and that all revenue generated will actually support next season’s playing budget. Supporters’ worries that the funds will be expended in the close season can now be well and truly dispelled. Clearly the Harriers will still have to be managed within its known income and the playing budget will be tight but, reliance on assumptions has to be a thing of the past and, at least Gary and Mark will now be able to build a squad with some confidence that it will not be disrupted in mid-season by budgetary restrictions.
So the news is good!